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Makeshift Sign Protests Council's Vote for IPads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Diana Martinez | Editor   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 05:50

At the request of Mayor Antonio Lopez, the San Fernando City Council recently voted 4-1 on the motion to have the city purchase iPADS for each city council member and designated staff for their use for city related business. Councilwoman Sylvia Ballin was the one dissenting vote.

"Given the fact that we have put San Fernando employees on furlough days and the city's poor financial condition, I cannot support purchasing iPads, " Ballin said emphatically.

Councilman Robert Gonzales said that while attending a League of Cities Conference last month, he found it somewhat embarrassing not to have an iPad. "Some people at the conference laughed at us," Gonzales said.

During the meeting, Mayor Lopez said if a professional job was expected from council members that the equipment was needed and the stipend that council members receive for serving would not cover the cost.

At Monday's council meeting on Dec. 4, Councilman Joel Fajardo said that after the city purchases the equipment, he plans to reimburse the cost of his IPad to the city. "The equipment will be owned by the city, but I will be making a donation to reimburse the city to pay for the iPad that will be issued to me, " Fajardo said.

The total amount for the purchase of 13 iPads s will be 7,800.00.

"When you have food banks without enough food and seniors in need, there should be different priorities," said John Blue, a regular council attendee. Blue passed out packets of information to the council and wrote, "People can't eat iPads," he wrote.

In other city news, interium city manager Don Penman will be leaving the city council on Monday, Dec. 9 and Fred Ramirez, Community and Development Director will be taking over the position until a search is completed to fill the position. The city council will be having a special meeting on Friday to discuss another controversy. Crown Disposal served council members with legal notices after the council voted to award the city's trash contract to a competing company, Consolidated Disposal Service.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:20

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