Council cuts reimbursement policy
PICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera officials are now required to pay for their own golf fees while attending any city-related events and can only expect reimbursement for three educational conferences a year. At its regular meeting this week, the City Council voted 3-1 to approve a resolution amending the old reimbursement policy which allowed city money to be spent on things like golf fees – a luxury that can run upwards of $150 a person, according to city documents. Mayor Ron Beilke, Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith and Councilman Bob Archuleta made up the majority, while Councilman Greg Salcido voted against the move. Councilman David Armenta was absent. The change is expected to save the city approximately $8,000 a year on a “needless and excessive” expense, said Archuleta. “We’re here to answer where the money is being spent,” Archuleta said. “They’re spending money on golf. It’s one thing if they’re spending it to gain knowledge at some of the conferences. Some are essential, but some may not be. “Maybe Pico Rivera can be an example to other cities,” he added. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!