Monday, May 16, 2011

Brown Act, Homeless & Hatch (Amended)

I guess I gave you plenty to chew on over the weekend with my last post. There's never a dull moment here in the land of the Newport-Mesa.


Today, Monday the 16th, is the day Costa Mesa City Attorney Tom Duarte promises us a reply to the Brown Act letter sent by General Counsel Terry Francke of Californians Aware (CalAware) last week on the subject of the so-called Working Groups - two council members meeting privately to discuss important issues that affect all residents. Of main concern is the budget group composed of Mayor Gary Monahan and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer that has met at least a dozen times since being formed in January to discuss the budget and outsourcing. We wrote about the letter last week, HERE and HERE.

If Duarte is consistent he will, once again, tell us that the committees are "ad hoc", and as a result are NOT subject to the transparency considerations prescribed in The Brown Act. That's what he told me twice a month ago when I brought the subject up and provided an opinion by the California Attorney General to the contrary.

NOTE: Late Monday afternoon Costa Mesa City Attorney Tom Duarte did issue a formal response to Terry Francke. You can read it HERE. As predicted, the answer was the same one he gave, twice, more than a month ago.

This Wednesday, May 18th, the Costa Mesa Homeless Task Force will meet
again, this time in Conference Room 1A at City Hall beginning at 5:30. According to the agenda, among those things to be discussed will be 1) Susan Sassone, Head Librarian will discuss the impact of the homeless on the Library at Lions Park and what is being done to address the issue and 2) Larry Weichman, Chairman of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and UberRealtor here in town will discuss the impact of homeless on businesses.

Our friends at Mesa Verde Community, Inc., the homeowners association for that part of town, has asked me to mention that a week from Wednesday, May 25th, they will hold their General Meeting and the Keynote Speaker that evening will be Costa Mesa Chief Executive Officer, Tom Hatch. This meeting is open to the public and the sponsors are very excited about having Hatch give them his views on the state of the city at this time. Details can be found on page 2 of their April newsletter, HERE.


My blog host, Blogger, has been working feverishly throughout the weekend to
restore all the blog posts that were dropped last Wednesday due to their maintenance screw-up. We're still awaiting the restoration of the comments that were appended to many of those blog entries. We are told that they should be back online available for viewing "soon", whatever that means. Thanks for your patience...

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Anonymous Diogenes said...

Hokay. Not sure this is sequitur, but does anybody out there have the real data on what must be done to recall four city councilpersons? What's it take: a petition, a court action, a grand jury investigation, or maybe just a note to the LA Times that there's another Bell happening here? How many signatures are required, if a petition?

5/16/2011 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...


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5/16/2011 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Brad Shefmire said...

I'm guessing the LA Times is alreadly closely monitoring the happenings

5/16/2011 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Don't know specifically, but sure wouldn't be surprised. I suspect they assume the Daily Pilot is on top of this stuff

5/16/2011 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous unionquiltersforleece said...

Duarte makes the correct response--again. It is right there in print folks, straight from the Brown Act. There is no violation, just people crying wolf again. And yes the response will be the same the next time and the next time and the next time. What's going on with the "gift" violation of painting Hatch's office? Same group of people cried wolf over that. Yet all the lies in the repair costa mesa ad are acceptable to this same group. You folks lack credibility.

5/17/2011 06:25:00 AM  

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