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EDITORIAL CHICK SAYS NO LET THE POLITICIANS PAY FOR THEIR OWN PARTIES.



LOS Angeles taxpayers have saved $15,000, thanks to City Controller Laura Chick.

When City Councilman Joel Wachs called it quits last week, after more than three decades on the job, some proposed giving him a grand City Hall farewell.

According to Chick, they wanted somewhere between $11,000 and $15,000 for a killer bon voyage party, at which all the City Hall muckety-mucks and their well-connected friends would revel at the public's expense.

But Chick said no.

That might not sound like much, but at City Hall, that sort of respect for the taxpayer is a rare commodity.

L.A. officials are the best paid in the nation and the most free-spending. They work in a City Hall that's been refurbished for an astounding a·stound  
tr.v. a·stound·ed, a·stound·ing, a·stounds
To astonish and bewilder. See Synonyms at surprise.



[From Middle English astoned, past participle of astonen,
 $300 million, plus the cost of fixing the leaky roof, which remains to be done.

In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently
, they know how to take care of themselves.

But Chick did something very different - she put the public interest first. It's refreshing to see someone in City Hall recognize that taxpayers don't part with their hard-earned money to pamper pam·per  
tr.v. pam·pered, pam·per·ing, pam·pers
1. To treat with excessive indulgence: pampered their child.

2.
 politicians.

Wachs spent 30 years as the council's fiscal watchdog. A taxpayer send-off would have put an unnecessary blemish blem·ish
n.
A small circumscribed alteration of the skin considered to be unesthetic but insignificant.


blemish 
 on his record.

Now that he's leaving for New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, the job of defending the L.A. taxpayer seems to have fallen to Chick alone.

She's off to a good start.
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