In the Oct. 12 article “Glendale mulls April ballot issues,” reporter Brittany Levine wrote, “In addition, the City Council also directed the city treasurer to look into drafting a measure that would ask voters to change the city Charter's instructions about how money is transferred from Glendale Water & Power to the General Fund, which pays for police, parks and other public services.”
But what the article failed to inform Glendale News-Press readers is that the current city Charter mandates that transfers can only be made from the GWP Surplus Fund to the Charter-created General Reserve Fund. Furthermore, Section 14 of the current city Charter, which establishes the General Budget Fund, excludes GWP receipts from being credited to it. Instead, for many years now the city has illegally been transferring funds as line-item appropriations directly from the GWP Electric/Water Revenue Funds to the General Fund. This has been pointed out to the City Council repeatedly by retired law professor Harry Zavos.