Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/31/2011 09:24:41 AM PDT

UPLAND – The process by which the City Council sends items to its advisory committee is far from being resolved.

Council members last week held off on discussing how items are referred to the five-member City Council Advisory Committee.

Currently, the mayor or any council member can refer an item to the advisory committee, but Councilman Gino Filippi believes a majority vote by the council should be the only means for referring items.

“I would like for the full City Council to have the opportunity to discuss issues,” Filippi said.

“The majority of the City Council should be the only means for referring items to the CCAC. Personally, I prefer to hear directly from the public. This is quite reasonable.”

The item was tabled at the Oct. 10 meeting.

The council initially discussed the process at the request of Filippi, whose concern grew after an item related to remote-caller bingo was sent to the committee without going before the full council.

Discussion of the referral process was pulled from the agenda last week because Councilman Ken Willis was expected to be absent, Mayor Ray Musser said.

Willis returned from vacation just in time for the meeting.

“I wanted a full council to discuss it,” Musser said.

Each member of the committee is appointed by a council member. The council gives the committee various policies or procedures to review during its monthly meeting. It will then make a recommendation for action to the council.

Bingo Innovations of California in Ontario sent the council an email last month asking the city to amend its bingo ordinance to allow remote bingo.

To read entire story, click here.