Proposed changes to Glendale council travel rules aim to increase public transparency

, The Republic |

Glendale’s elected officials called for changes to their travel policy June 21 that would give the public more insight into their out-of-state trips.

City Council members Lauren Tomachoff and Jamie Aldama suggested linking each council member’s travel expenses to his or her homepage on the city’s website.

The individualized travel-expense pages would feature details on plane, hotel, meal and other expenses that council members charged to the city.

The city already posts charges associated with city-issued credit cards on a page titled “Follow Your Money,” but it’s not transparent enough, Aldama said.

“I want to extend it,” he said. “If staff can actually, on our website, actually just name it or title it ‘Travel Site,’ so it’s out there like sore thumb.”

The idea would be to provide constituents instant access to detailed and easy-to-read travel expenditures without having to use public records requests to get the information.

The seven council members instructed city administrators to develop the concept and a list of other ideas for council members to review in coming weeks.

None of the ideas discussed would outright ban junkets, but the proposals would make it easier for constituents to identify abuse.

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