The Orange County Register reports this morning that the vote that resulted in the $158 million tax giveaway by the Anaheim City Council violated California’s open meeting law the Brown Act. According to the judge, that agenda description did not adequately describe the action that was being taken, the approval of the significant giveaway of future bed tax revenues to the developer.
On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council directed the city manager to rescind the remaining 70 layoff notices which were issued on March 17, 2011. The council’s decision made that earlier decision extinct. That decision, almost two years ago, launched a pitched battle between the Costa Mesa Employees Association, represented by Orange County Employees Association, and the council majority led by council member Jim Righeimer.
Just two days before the Orange County Registrar of Voters is expected to certify the results of the general election, and on the heels of his defiant proclamations after election night results showed his Charter Initiative doing down in flames, Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer seems to be wanting to punt.
We’re hoping that today’s special City Council meeting in Anaheim to decide whether to place two initiative proposals to amend the city charter on the November ballot doesn’t erupt into violent protests similar to those which disrupted a council meeting earlier this month. Mayor Tom Tait has set the meeting to be held at 4 p.m. in the Anaheim High School Cook Auditorium.
At noon on Tuesday a couple dozen women gathered at the Old Santa Ana Court House to call upon the California Attorney General to investigate the failures in management at the County of Orange. Specifically they want an investigation of how those failures allowed the sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by former Public Works Executive Manager and Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante to go unaddressed for so long.