I try to decipher these things when people ask, but every once in a while something shows up that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. There are a few possible explanations for this. The first being that the staff report or document is poorly written and things are just not very well explained. That happens sometimes.
Another would be that an opaquely written report covers a potentially controversial matter, and the city staff reporter does not want people to concern themselves about it too much. Such as an item involving increased health care benefit liability costs. This at a time when people had been told that such costs have now been managed, and the bad old days when Sierra Madre had some of the richest health care packages in the state are now safely in the past.
Of course, that could be pre-Measure UUT thinking, and with the money in the bag these bodies are now being allowed to float to the surface. But only in an obliquely written way. No need to spook the herd.
Here is a chart we posted in September of 2014 (link) that detailed just how expensive some of Sierra Madre's health care package costs back then really were. At the time that $37,815 "Health, Dental and Vision" item was the highest in California.
Anyway, here is a portion of Consent Calendar Item 1c for next Tuesday evening's City Council meeting (link). Can you make any sense of this?
Care to take a swing at this? It sounds to me like some sort of health care benefit costs are going up, but City Hall does not want to come out and actually say that.
However, I am not sure.