When hundreds of city officials from across the country gather in Los Angeles for a five-day National League of Cities conference Saturday, the District of Columbia will be well represented.
Mayor Marion Barry, a scheduling aide, and eight of the 13 members of the City Council -- including outgoing chairman Arrington Dixon--are scheduled to fly at city expense to the annual event.
"You'll have to go to L.A. to get a quorum," joked council member John Ray (D-At Large), who said he was going for the tax and economic development workshops.
Ray said his plane ticket costs $260, and like the other council members, it will come out of the city-financed travel allowance.
City officials were unable to say Wednesday how much the airfare, hotel accommodations and meals for the trips would cost. A league spokesman said individual registration for the conference cost $195 in advance and $220 at the door.
In addition to workshops on such issues as "How Much Police Service is Enough" and "Negotiating a Development Deal," there are fun trips arranged by the conference for delegates and family members accompanying them.
For $30 each, for instance, the officials can take in "a day at the Magic Kingdom" in Disneyland, or for $27 per adult they can go to a "Hollywood Happening" tour of Universal Studios; or they can attend a complimentary "Happy Hour with the Happy Cooker-Chinese American Style" at a local hotel.
The council's fiscal office did not know how many relatives would be going.
The Barry spokesperson said the mayor's wife, Effi, would not accompany him to the meeting.
In addition to Ray and Dixon, the other council members who are scheduled to go, according to the council secretary's office, are Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4); Betty Ann Kane (D-At Large); William R. Spaulding (D-Ward 5); Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6), H. R. Crawford (D-Ward 7), and Council Chairman-elect David A. Clarke (D-Ward 1), who defeated Dixon in the September Democratic primary.
Barry, who wanted to go to the conference on Friday but is staying in Washington because of the scheduled Ku Klux Klan march Saturday, is being accompanied by Ann Simpson Mason, a staff member of the office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Mason said Wednesday that Barry is running for a seat on the 30-member national board of directors of the league, which is the largest municipal organization in the country.
In addition, Barry is one of about 200 members of the Human Development Committee that is supposed to present resolutions to the convention.
Barry also is to serve on the resolutions committee.
Council member Jarvis, who said she has attended several of the annual conferences, is the only council member scheduled to moderate or participate in a panel discussion. She will lead a discussion Tuesday on Financing Infrastructure Improvements.
"I'm going there legitimately," said Jarvis, who also is on the board of directors of the league's women in municipal government organization and economic development steering committee.
Kane said she has participated in past workshops by the women's group and would do so again this year, along with attending workshops on economic development.
Dixon, whose term in office expires Jan. 2, could not be reached for comment about his trip.
He has been active in the league during the past four years that he served as council chairman.
An aide in Spaulding's office said Spaulding would concentrate on "legislative" workshops.
Crawford and Winter could not be reached for comment.