Miguel Pulido: What Brown Act?!

Mayor Miguel Pulido - Photo: Chris Prevatt/LiberalOC

At this point I’ve all but given up on Miguel Pulido and the Santa Ana City Council ever figuring out how to comply with California’s open meetings law, the Brown Act. No matter how many times I bring it up, no matter how many emails and inquiries sent, Miguel, and his City Attorney’s just don’t get it.

 

The latest incident was last week when the Mayor, decided to pull the approval of a settlement of a lawsuit to the top of the agenda, so that it could be voted on before Sal Tinajero left for another (presumably more important) engagement. This had to be done because without Tinajero’s participation, the council would not have had enough members present to vote on the issue. Pulido, Alvarez, and Sarmiento had conflicts of interest and could not participate.

All would have been fine up to this point if the interim meeting chair, Carlos Bustamante, had simply asked for any public comment related to the agreement. That didn’t happen. So without debate or further discussion the Council voted 4-0 to approve the settlement agreement.

The Brown Act requires that members of the public be allowed to address the Council before, or at the time of consideration of, any item on the agenda. It really is that simple, but they couldn’t even make Tinajero wait to hear any comments on that specific issue before voting. It seems they don’t really care what the public has to say, or that they even have a right to say it before they vote. Adam Elmahrek has more here at the Voice of OC.

Then we have the matter of requiring speakers to publicly state their address at the time they give public comment. Even though the Council’s own speakers card indicates that providing such information if purely voluntary, the Mayor continues to demand that speakers state their address. He does not say that his request is simply a request and that it is not required; he calls the name of the speaker’s and says “please state your address.”

So much for a more transparent and law abiding City Council.

  3 comments for “Miguel Pulido: What Brown Act?!

  1. Mike Tardif
    April 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

    The SA Coalition met last evening (4/26/11) and will send the city a letter about the violation with a copy to the Secretary of State.

  2. Marcus Wilson
    May 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    The officials elected and unelected at The City of Santa Ana have “hubris”. They write and obey there own laws. They’ve gotten away with it now for almost a quarter century. People complained. No one listened. It’s too late for anyone to do anything about it. They missed the real story years ago, but good luck and keep trying.

  3. Marcus Wilson
    May 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    The officials elected and unelected at The City of Santa Ana have “hubris”. They write and obey there own laws. They’ve gotten away with it now for almost a quarter century. People complained. No one listened. It’s too late for anyone to do anything about it. They missed the real story years ago, but good luck and keep trying.

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