Council's Third-Quarter Tab Tops $5,800

Lake Forest City Council has debited more than $16,800 for travel and meetings since July 1, 2011.

The cost of travel and meetings for the Lake Forest City Council in the first three months of 2012 totalled $5,869.08, city records show.

During the second quarter of the 2011-12 fiscal year—between Jan. 1 and March 31—four of five council members charged the city for $4,230.43 in travel-related reimbursements.

Costs not listed in the travel reports include ancillary meeting expenses and costs from the city's Feb. 24 Leadership Breakfast.

Councilwoman Marcia Rudolph had the highest tab for the quarter, requesting $2,089.28 in reimbursements.

Mayor Kathryn McCullough spent roughly half that, clocking in at $1,379.32.

Her second-in-command, Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts, spent $701.83.

Councilman Peter Herzog spent $60. No expense were submitted by Councilman Mark Tettemer.

In the prior quarter—the final three months of 2011—the 

Council expenses in the first quarter of the 2011-12 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2011, .

That puts the governing body's tab for this fiscal year at $16,800.39. The council's annual budget for meetings and travel is $35,000.

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


Rudolph, $2,089.28

1/03/12 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $15.95 

1/04/12 Transportation to Meeting at  with staff: $57.40 

1/17/12 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $17.25 

1/18/12-1/20/12 LOCC* Policy Committee, Sacramento: $960.94 

2/07/12 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $18.55 

2/16/12 Transportation to Meeting at  with staff: $46.50

2/16/12 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees, Garden Grove: $147.90

3/15/12 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees, Garden Grove: $198.60 

3/20/12 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $17.25

3/27/12 Transportation to Vector Control workshop, Garden Grove: $170

3/29/12-3/30/12 LOCC* Policy Committee, Ontario: $438.94

McCullough, $1,379.32

1/12/12 ACC-OC** General Meeting, Costa Mesa: $65.

1/18/12-1/20/12 LOCC* Policy Committee, Sacramento: $966.42

3/08/12 ACC-OC** General Meeting, Costa Mesa: $60

3/29/12-3/30/12 LOCC* Policy Committee Meeting, Ontario: $287.90 

Voigts, $701.83

1/12/12 ACC-OC** General Meeting, Costa Mesa: $65.00 

01/18/12-1/20/12 LOCC* Policy Committee, Sacramento: $539.71

3/22/12 Mileage Reimbursement, 11/15/11-3/06/12: $97.12

Herzog, $60

3/08/12 ACC-OC** General Meeting, Costa Mesa: $60

Tettemer, $0

*League of California Cities

**Association of California Cities

John Fliegelman June 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
How is Marsha getting to those Garden Grove meetings...by stretch limo? $150? $170? 200? And we're paying for it as opposed to the Vector Control Board? I read that and my blood pressure goes through the ceiling. Is she can't fulfill her responsibilities with normal expenses, maybe it's time for her to go away.
Adam Nick June 08, 2012 at 02:59 AM
To John Fliegelman: Do not let your blood boil. Take comfort in knowing that you can probably do something about this with your vote in November. Can anyone educate me as to what benefit Taxpayers of Lake Forest, which now includes Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills, who pay her salary and reimburse her for her “expenses”, receive as a result of Councilwoman Marcia Rudolph’s monthly presence in the Vector Control Board of Trustees meeting? If there is a discernible real, as compared to an imaginary, benefit to taxpayers of Lake Forest, then I can understand her presence but then why in the world is the commute to and from Garden Grove costing us this much? Further, why are Councilwomen Rudolph and McCullough each charging us almost twice what Councilman Voigts is charging for the same trip to Sacramento? Truly, Adam Nick


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