Well, apparently there was some substance to that claim. At last night’s Dana Point City Council meeting, attorneys for local concerned residents served Diane Harkey, City Attorney Patrick Munoz, and City Manager Doug Chotkevys with a lawsuit claiming that they have withheld what should be public information on what legal advice Harkey received from the city last year.
So now, we’re facing new questions with Harkey. What legal advice did she receive from the city? Why does it seem like she’s so reluctant to give the public what should be public information regarding her business with the city? And why does there seem to be such a veil of secrecy over city government in Dana Point?
OK, so we know that according to state law, public records should be open to public inspection. We know that every person has a right to inspect any public record, with only a few exceptions that require great reason for justifying nondisclosure. So now, we need to see if this legal advice given to Diane Harkey is public record. And if so, why isn’t Diane Harkey revealing it?
The public is best served when its public servants allow the public to hold them accountable. But for some reason, Diane Harkey is afraid of seeing that happen in Dana Point. And now, she has this new ethical cloud hanging over her head with this Public Records Act dispute. So what will it take to open up Dana Point City Hall, and what will it take to clean up what looks like a truly nasty mess?