Anaheim’s Cynthia Ward has started a group called Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility (CATER) and they have filed a complaint alleging unclear Brown Act violations against the Anaheim City Council based on the city staff’s recommendation to approve the two MOUs related to the Angels negotiations and the city council’s 4-1 vote to do so in September. The basis of the complaint seems to be the not very detailed report from the consulting firm Convention, Sports and Leisure (CSL) about the economic impact of having Angels in Anaheim.
The Brown Act violation seems to hinge on when Ward was able to get her copy of the CSL report. The group’s lawyer, OJ Blogger/DPOC official/Tom Tait-supporter Greg Diamond the Brown Act was violated because the CSL report given to the city council on September 3 wasn’t the same one Ward got.
Like most of Diamond’s blog posts, the eight page letter cites law, references conspiracy theories, lectures the city council (and Democrat Jordan Brandman in particular), and makes a series of demands — one of which is to have the taxpayers of Anaheim pay Diamond for writing the letter and reimburse the group for legal fees (which go to Diamond) as well as court costs. In the grand scheme of things, this is probably in the thousands of dollars into Diamonds pockets IF Anaheim caves.
The group wants the city council to void their September 3 votes. have each member of the council disclose their communications with the Angels, Curt Pringle’s PR firm, or Pacific Coast Investors, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and SOAR to having the council vote on each specific point in both MOUs before, ultimately submitting the entire Angels agreement to a city wide election.
Why bother having a city council at all? Lets have a city wide election to fill pot holes or select a vendor to cut the grass at a city park.
The Anaheim City Attorney is reviewing the group’s complaint and we’re told a response is being prepared.
In reading the letter, it strikes me the group really provides a platform for Cynthia Ward to run for city council. And why shouldn’t she? She’s aligned with the mayor on a number of issues. CATER must have those who are financing it and Ward’s favorite target Kris Murray is up for election in 2014. Ward is the only member of the group who lives in Anaheim. Other Pro-Tait supporters don’t — Diamond lives in Brea, Jason Young and Ryan Cantor live in Fullerton, and Vern Nelson lives in Huntington Beach.
And if Ward isn’t a candidate for council, well why not? She reads every agenda from beginning to end and certainly knows what’s going on. Perhaps it’s time she gets in the game as a player instead of a spectator.