Doing someone a “Solid” is doing a favor. As the OC Register’s Tony Saavedra reports, that’s what OC Supervisor Shawn Nelson has done regarding OC Sanitation District management raises that were voted on (illegally) in secret at the end of September.
From Saavedra’s report:
But for County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, the Orange County Sanitation District might have gotten away with a fast one.
The sanitation district board on Sept. 28 approved pay raises for 17 managers and 18 “confidential” workers during a closed-door session. The vote was in violation of the state open meeting law — the Brown Act — because the workers are not represented by any bargaining group.
The public never got to question the raises, generally about 2 percent, especially problematic in such a down economy. Nelson — who sits on the board as an alternate director — said he spotted the violation and called agency attorney Brad Hogin.
“I made a mistake,” Hogin told the Watchdog. State open meeting laws require that pay raises for employee groups that are not represented be discussed and voted on in public.
The Sanitation District will rescind its vote Nov. 16 and retake it during a public session.
While we disagree with Supervisor Nelson on a variety of policy issues, this is an area we happen to agree on. Trying to slip raises through for executives and managers under the nose of public scrutiny is something we rail about often. Violations of the Brown Act are something we keep bringing up for numerous public entities. Good catch Shawn!
Read Saavedra’s OC Watchdog story here.