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Council Racks Up $8K in First-Quarter Expenses

Three of five Lake Forest council members reported spending money for travel and expenses in the first quarter of the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Three Lake Forest City Council members have spent more than $8,000 of the council's annual expense account in the first quarter of this fiscal year.

The council spent a total of $8,252.57 from July 1 through Sept. 30, according to city records.

Councilwoman Marcia Rudolph leads the pack, with nearly $3,000 in travel and meeting expenses.

Next is Councilwoman Kathryn McCullough, with a bill of $2,054.78.

Filling out the trio of members who recorded first-quarter expenses is Councilman Scott Voigts, who spent a total of $1,479.30.

Neither Mayor Peter Herzog nor Mayor Pro Tem Tettemer spent any of the council’s money during the quarter, city records show.

Charges debited to the account 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.

If the first quarter expense pattern continues, the council is on track to spend nearly all its $35,000 travel and meeting budget by the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Available now is a balance of $26,747.43.

The council will vote Tuesday to file the expenses with the city as part of the consent calendar, a line-up of items generally approved in one vote. (A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the council will vote to approve the expenses; all expenditures have already been approved.)

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

HOW THEY SPENT IT

Rudolph, $2,918.94

07/05 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $17.25

07/19 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $16.60

07/21 Transportation to LOCC* Opportunity Interview, Long Beach: $195.90

07/21 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees, Garden Grove: $141.40

07/28 Transportation to LOCC–OC Division Meeting, Irvine: $34.00

07/28 LOCC-OC Division Meeting, Irvine: $25.00

08/02 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $30.25

08/07 Transportation to Lake Forest Concert in the Park: $33.55

08/14 Transportation to Lake Forest Concert in the Park: $29.80

08/16 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $19.20

08/18 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees, Garden Grove: $176.50

08/31 Transportation to Meeting at City Hall with staff: $18.55

09/06 Transportation to City Council Meeting: $26.75

09/15 Transportation to Vector Control Board of Trustees, Garden Grove: $142.00

09/20/11-09/23/11 LOCC Annual Conference, San Francisco: $2,012.39

McCullough, $2054.78

07/28 LOCC-OC Division Meeting, Irvine: $25.00

09/08 ACC**-OC General Meeting, Tustin: $53.00

09/20 LOCC Annual Conference, San Francisco: $1,976.78

Voigts: $1,479.30

07/05-07/19 Mileage Reimbursement: $19.42

08/08 ACC-OC General Meeting, Tustin: $53.00

09/21 LOCC Annual Conference, San Francisco, $1,406.88 

Herzog, $0

Tettemer, $0

*League of California Cities

**Association of California Cities

M November 15, 2011 at 02:24 PM
How do they spend so much (it adds up) on transportation to meeting that appear to be local? Mileage reinbursment can't possibly be that much? For example, 08/07 Transportation to Lake Forest Concert in the Park: $33.55 08/14 Transportation to Lake Forest Concert in the Park: $29.80 It can't possibly cost this much in gas to drive over there! Are they they asking a taxi? Limo? If so, why aren't they using there own car?

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