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Council Costs Drop In Second Quarter

The City Council's travel and meeting expenses totaled about $2,600 in the last three months of 2011.

In the last three months of 2011, city records show that the Lake Forest City Council spent $2,678.74 on travel and meeting expenses.

That's roughly a fourth of the previous quarter's expenses, which totaled $8,252.57 between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2011.

In the second quarter of the 2011-12 fiscal year—between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011—four of the five council members requested a total of $1,238.22 in reimbursements for travel costs associated with their positions.

The biggest chunk of the travel expenses recorded in the second quarter of the 2011-12 fiscal year went to Councilwoman Marcia Rudolph, who spent $953.75.  

Current Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts expensed $143.47, while Kathryn McCullough, now serving as Lake Forest's mayor, spent $83.

Councilman Peter Herzog reported spending $58, records show. Councilman Mark Tettemer did not report any travel-related expenses.

Charges must be for authorized travel, ancillary City Council meeting expenses, or advance payments for travel occurring during the coming quarter (to be itemized in future travel expense reports), according to a city staff report.

That leaves $24,068.60 remaining in the council's $35,000 annual budget for expenses incurred in the second half of this fiscal year.

On Tuesday, the council will vote to file the expenses with the city as part of the consent calendar, a line-up of items generally approved in one vote.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 25550 Commercentre Drive.

HOW THEY SPENT IT

Rudolph, $953.75

10/04/11 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $43.60 

10/06/11 Transportation to Library Advisory Board Alternate, Tustin: $107.40 

10/07/11 Transportation to Meeting with Staff, City Hall: $44.20 

10/18/11 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $19.85 

10/20/11 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees Garden Grove: $158.95 

11/04/11 Transportation to Business Appreciation Luncheon City Hall: $36.55 

11/15/11 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $17.55 

11/15/11 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees Garden Grove: $166

11/16/11 LOCC* Legislative Briefings Program, Irvine City Hall: $25 

12/01/11  LOCC*-OC Division Meeting, Fullerton: $25

12/01/11  Transportation to LOCC*-OC Div. Meeting, Fullerton - $77.70 

12/06/11 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $17.25 

12/08/11 Transportation to City of Lake Forest S.T.A.R.S. Holiday Party: $12.50 

12/15/11 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees, Garden Grove: $183

12/20/11 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $19.20 

Voigts: $143.47

11/10/11 ACC**-OC General Meeting, Costa Mesa: $58

12/06/11 Mileage Reimbursement, 07/26/11–11/08/11: $85.47 

McCullough, $83

11/10/11 ACC**-OC General Meeting, Costa Mesa: $58

12/01/11 LOCC*-OC Division Meeting, Fullerton: $25

Herzog, $58

11/10/11 ACC**OC General Meeting, Costa Mesa: $58

Tettemer, $0

*League of California Cities

**Association of California Cities

Sarah de Crescenzo February 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Nima, yes, I believe so. Councilwoman Rudolph frequently travels by taxi.
Patrick Rodgers February 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I cannot believe that a Council Member is being reimbursed for travel via taxi cab? Doesn't she have a drivers license and a vehicle of her own? Would a normal city employee be granted the luxury of being driven around in such a manner? I think not. Sounds like the City needs to tighten up it's expense reimbursment policy? What the heck, it is only taxpayer dollars?
Sarah de Crescenzo February 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Hi Patrick, it's my understanding that Councilwoman Rudolph has medical issues that prevent her from being able to drive her own vehicle.
Adam Nick February 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Sarah: keep up the good work of reporting. Thank you, indeed.
Breathless February 19, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Shouldn't council worman Rudolf be billing the OC Vector Control board for her travel expenses to that meeting rather than the city?

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