Continued Disrespect for the Brown Act and Public Transparency
- July 14, 2018, 8:37 am America/Los_Angeles
On July 10th, there was a hotly contested City Council meeting to discuss the much publicized motion by Councilman Lalloway regarding the use of the ARDA site for the Cemetery given the resounding defeat of Measure B by the vast majority of Irvine residents. In another display of complete disrespect by our Council, Mayor Wagner put forward a 6 point motion. Did he construct this motion right there on the dais? No. It was typed up and ready to go. Did he present this option for review by the public in accordance with the Brown Act? No. Let’s examine the timing.
LALLOWAY MOTION –
Was sent to CC on June 12, 2018, (almost a month prior to the July CC mtg.) via email to acting city manager & CC. The memo is a pretty basic five prong motion. The document was included in the 7/10/18 agenda packet and available on the city website prior to the CC meeting. The public had access to view the motion before the meeting. The Brown Act was followed.
WAGNER MOTION –
July 10, 2018, introduced from Dias in CC meeting. 6 point motion with detailed sub-requirements for each point. The public was not given the opportunity to see the motion and thus could NOT comment on the motion in public hearing. Is this a brown act violation? If no – this is a standard operating procedure for the gang of 3. – Wagner, Shea and Fox? NO TRANSPARENCY. See the picture below of Wagner’s motion taken just after the meeting. Why wasn’t this posted in advance?? How come Shea and Fox were so eager to vote for this? Did they have advanced knowledge?
And the $64,000 question – why wasn’t the option of the Golf course put forward a year ago instead of delaying the cemetery for yet another year.
BROWN ACT VIOLATIONS? Documents at meetings are meant to be public and posted in advance. Given the detailed sub-bullets, the WatchDog would LOVE TO KNOW WHO DRAFTED THE MOTION. Is the City Attorney complicit in this Brown Act violation as well?
We are certain that these questions will also be met with deafening silence from our elected officials.