Is the Town Council required to engage with the Finance Commission before responding to emergencies like pandemic or a wildfire?

No. This is an outlandish and false claim made by the two sole naysayers. There is nothing in Measure A that requires the Council to engage the Finance Commission before they meet or act. The Town Attorney’s Impartial Analysis and the legislative intent of Measure A which says, “the People of Los Gatos do not wish to interfere with the budgetary or processes of the Town Council” makes this very clear. If Measure A did what the opposition is suggesting, namely restrict the ability of the Council to act or abrogate their legal responsibilities to make financial decisions, it would violate state law and the Town Attorney’s Impartial Analysis would say so. It does not. Do not be misled by this bogus claim.