Next Tuesday night, the City Council will consider not one, not two, but three hugely controversial items.
First it’s approve or deny the four-years-in-the-making Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP), a comprehensive land use package. The agenda item won’t take four years, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts the hearing will take more than two hours.
Next comes something called Claudia’s Law. It is a litany of protections (or restrictions, depending on your point of view) for hotel workers who clean rooms for a living. The public comment alone could take another two hours.
Last but not least, there’s a Long Beach Values Act of 2017. In essence, it would make Long Beach a sanctuary city without calling it a sanctuary city, providing undocumented immigrants with an array of protections. No controversy there, right?
Given this council, the Values Act likely will be the quickest of the three — it is the right thing for upstanding Californians to do, after all. But it has been set for a time certain of 7 p.m. The Claudia’s Law item is also set for time certain at 6:30 p.m. It would appear unlikely, if not impossible, that the SEASP hearing will be done by 6:30. And here’s another bet that Claudia’s Law is going to take a lot longer than 30 minutes.
So who decides what the City Council talks about and takes action on? Who sets the agenda?
It’s a little more complicated — and important — than you might think. You can have great ideas until the cows come home, but if you can’t get it on the agenda, chances are nothing’s going to happen, at…
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