Santa Fe Springs officials voted to send a dozen delegates to a convention in San Francisco despite complaints by Councilwoman Mercedes Diaz that the trip is too expensive.
The delegation to the annual League of California Cities conference Oct. 16-20 will include 10 traffic and planning commissioners, a council member and a staff member.
Diaz was the only council member who voted last week against spending nearly $17,000 to pay for the trip. Diaz said the money should be spent on municipal programs.
“When you consider that this is the second year we have not given increases in salary to staff, and we have reduced our programs, I don’t think it’s justified,” Diaz said.
City officials had planned to spend about $40,000 to send a larger delegation to the conference, but the council agreed to trim department heads from the list.
In 1991, the last time the city sent delegates to San Francisco, it spent about $31,000 for 24 travelers.