Apparently while I was on my way to lovely Santa Barbara to see my man Barack Obama on Friday, Diane Harkey’s political machine imploded yet again. Word got out that Harkey arranged for a closed session city council gathering last Tuesday, just before the public meeting was supposed to begin. And what exactly happened in closed session? Oh, only a nice, big violation of the Brown Act that resulted in a meaningless “resulotion in support of the mayor”.
So how exactly did Diane Harkey and three other members of the Dana Point City Council violate the Ralph M. Brown Act last week? Well, when Harkey released to the press her “Resolution Against the Effort to Recall Dana Point Mayor Diane Harkey.” on September 4, she must have forgotten that her “resolution” was not passed during an open council meeting allowing for debate and public comment as required by the Brown Act. Instead, those four members of the Council signed it in secret, without public debate, and far away from any public view. Now if that isn’t a violation of the Brown Act, then I don’t know what is.
And speaking of the public, why does it seem like Diane Harkey and her cabal will only release documents to the public when it serves their interests? Not too long ago, a couple friends of mine in Dana Point were telling me how difficult it was to to gain access to what are supposed to be public records of basic city business. So could Harkey and her allies also be running afoul of the California Public Records Act?
How sad that Diane Harkey feels so obligated to hide from the public. Doesn’t she understand that the more she hides from public view, the less the public trusts her? I guess not.