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Friedman vote brings backlash

Her choice against a $900,000 water rebate could bring changes to council.

June 22, 2013|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com

But the change in policy regarding council member decisions on regional boards may have far-reaching consequences. Councilman Ara Najarian serves on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which makes big-ticket decisions on everything from bus lines to railroad improvements. And both Weaver and Councilman Frank Quintero sit on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
Najarian, who pushed for the guidelines, said by phone that he’d be open to bringing forward any MTA decisions that deal with money coming into or out of city coffers. But, he said he wouldn’t expect the board members to be bound by the council’s direction.

Just this week he announced that he’d be asking the MTA board to allocate money for a CicLAvia event — in which organizers block entire streets off to vehicle traffic for pedestrians and cyclists — to come through Glendale. That type of decision would be one he would consider worthy of bringing back to his colleagues on the City Council for direction, he said.

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“Occasionally, there’s money at stake either coming in or going out and I just think the council, and not just the council, the public as well, should know about,” Najarian said.

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