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 veterans 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.
MOTION BY LALLOWAY
Lalloway’s motion was sent to the City Council on June 12, 2018 (almost a month prior to the July CC meeting) via email to Acting City Manager and City Council. 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 City Council meeting. The public had access to view the motionbefore the meeting. The Brown Act was followed.
MOTION BY WAGNER
On July 10, 2018, Wagner introduced his motion from the dias at the City Council meeting, which was a 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? This is a standard operating procedure for the Wagner, Shea, Fox majority. 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 Irvine 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.
judithGJuly 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm
Good question! Why wasn’t the Mayor’s motion provided with the agenda? Clearly it was prepared before the City Council meeting.
Ernie BallJuly 16, 2018 at 5:21 pm
For those of us that don’t follow Inside Baseball, what happens when someone doesn’t follow the Brown Act?
Karen JaffeJuly 17, 2018 at 6:16 am
A knowing violation of the Brown Act with the intent to deprive the public of information to which it is entitled is a crime. Unfortunately, without much money, the public doesn’t have much in the way of power to enforce the Brown Act. In reality, it should be incumbent on our city attorney as a check and balance into the system to keep our elected officials beholden to our laws. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be interested in doing that and our elected officials simply continue to stomp all over the voters and residents. We can only recall and/or vote them out.
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