It's quiet at Los Angeles City Hall with city council members, along with the mayor and controller, at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina and at a municipal conference in San Diego.
Labor Day has come and gone, summer is over, and folks are back at work throughout Los Angeles. Well, except at City Hall where the Los Angeles City Council is once again in recess.
The official reason for the recess is the League of California Cities conference in San Diego. Councilmen Bernard Parks, Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino will be there for the three-day event.
Meanwhile, Councilman Tony Cardenas, who is running virtually unopposed for Congress in the east San Fernando Valley, is in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. The Sixth District rep will then travel to San Diego for the conference, according to his office.
Mayoral candidate and Councilman Eric Garcetti is also in Charlotte. Garcetti is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Board. While at the convention, the councilman hosted an event for “rising stars” of the Democratic Party and spoke at a panel hosted by the DNC Hispanic Caucus. (Also in Charlotte this week are Controller Wendy Greuel — who is one of Garcetti's mayoral rivals — and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is chairing the convention.)
All those absences (plus Bill Rosendahl's ongoing cancer treatments) mean the council can't have a quorum this week for its Wednesday and Friday meetings. The L.A. City Council’s official summer recess was July 6 to July 20.