This not only raised concern from community members who attended the Tuesday night meeting – but also members of the governing board itself, according to the article:
One board member suggested cutting $1,000 approved for another project to pay for the party. Another spoke about reducing the scope of the event into a smaller and cheaper affair.
Spending $1,000 would “be inappropriate and in bad taste, especially now in these times,” said one board member. “I could not attend such a thing.”
Despite opposition, seven members voted in favor, two opposed, and two abstained.
Then the flurry of comments (which are always entertaining, depending on how civil it remains) range from “Who cares?” to more overall condemnation of the neighborhood council’s behaviors at meetings (not a new thing). One commenter suggested the neighborhood council president Jose Sigala, who is hoping to replace Eric Garcetti’s seat in Council District 13, is taking advantage of the opportunity to campaign.
Today, Lisa Baca-Sigala (CIO of GEPENC and wife of Jose Sigala) sent out a mass email to stakeholders on the issue: