Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Beat Goes On, And On....


The Benito Acosta Trial - a gift that keeps on giving - or taking, depending the side of the table you're on.

I noticed on the city web site that there has been a special City Council meeting called for Tuesday, October 9, 2007, which will immediately follow the scheduled Study Session for that date. This will be a "closed session" meeting to discuss the recently-dismissed case of Costa Mesa v. Acosta.

I hope they've got the metal detectors hooked up, just in case someone decides to throw themselves on their sword for the mistake made by the attorney for Jones & Mayer last week.

Since this is a closed session, we mere mortals will likely have a very difficult time learning the result of the discussion. Is it just me, or does it seem that this council spends an awful lot of time in closed sessions recently? I suspect, as the old phrase goes, "We ain't seen nothin' yet!" With the federal civil rights case looming in the second quarter of next year, I suspect we'll be seeing many, many more closed sessions as our elected "leaders" try to figure out how to extricate themselves and our city from that particular tar pit.

Stay tuned...

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Bruce Krochman said...

Geoff,

I hat closed sessions. Although, I do understand their purpose in not tipping the City's hand to the opposition.

Are closed session transcripts available after litigation is settled? I would think that would be a reasonable compromise to voters. It would give them the ability to review the decision making process of their elected officials.

10/08/2007 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Bruce, according to the City Clerk, the proceedings in a closed session are confidential due to their nature. The only information provided is the "report out" by the City Attorney. Usually, that doesn't give much. There are no transcripts provided or available.

10/08/2007 08:16:00 PM  

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