On August 25, 2009 Fullerton City Councilman Shawn Nelson spoke before the Orange County Board of Supervisors regarding a settlement offer from the City of Fullerton related to the possible challenge of Fullerton’s expansion of its redevelopment area. Mr. Nelson had voted both against the expansion of the redevelopment area, and the settlement offered to the county.
In his remarks, Shawn Nelson tells the Board of Supervisors that he feels that they have the obligation to sue the city to block the redevelopment expansion and not accept theÂ compensation forÂ anticipated lost tax revenueÂ that the city has offered.
“If you determine that the city (Fullerton) didn’t meet the legal blight finding (required), it is your duty to proceed to block it.”
Now there is nothing wrong with a member of a city council disagreeing with the majority vote of his council. It is however wrong for any elected official to encourage another government entity to sue the one he represents as a member of the City Council. Watch it for yourself, the video doesn’t lie. Just advance to the 3.07.20 time mark on the video.
What is further disturbing is that Mr. Nelson’s most ardent supporter in his effort to be elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Tony Bushala, is currently suing the City of Fullerton over that very issue. To add a bit of irony to Nelson’s plea to the Board on August 25th is the fact that he sits in on, and participates in, the closed session discussions of the city’s strategy related to Bushala’s suit.
Given Shawn Nelson’s willingness to violate the confidentiality of such closed session meetings for political gain, as demonstrated inÂ August of 2008 here, does anyone have any doubt as to whether the city’s strategy related to the lawsuit is being communicated back to his pal Bushala?