Who’s in charge of Glendale government?

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 3.42.36 PMBy Sterling Fluharty | The Glendale Star

The mayor, city councilmembers and top staff attended a retreat Friday at Renaissance Glendale Hotel that was supposed to prepare them for a goal-setting workshop next month, but much of the discussion centered on questions of who controls what.

The power to put items on the agenda for city council meetings got some people talking.

That topic arose after City Attorney Michael Bailey delivered a presentation on open meeting laws. He told councilmembers they risk violating those laws if they discuss, outside of official council meetings, how they might vote on certain subjects.

City Manager Brenda Fischer encouraged councilmembers to identify items of special interest during their biweekly workshops, so her staff can research those issues and present them at a future workshop, before she places them on a voting meeting agenda.

“In other jurisdictions, there are different means by which you can get an item on the agenda,” Bailey said. “I think that’s a discussion the council needs to have.”

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