The Santa Ana City Council meeting, held at the historic Yost Theater last night, failed to produce much in the way of fireworks. As expected Councilwoman Michelle Martinez’s Commissioner Tish Leon was removed from the Parks and Recreation Commission on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Benavides voting no. And while that act of political retribution…
In another demonstration of their flair for distraction from their own mistakes, the Santa Ana City Council is again using the power to remove members of city commissions as a diversion. This time they needed a way do distract from their collective failure to stop Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez from violating the right of Albert Castillo to address his grievances to his elected officials. The action by Claudia Alvarez has drawn the attention of the Attorney Generalâ€™s office.
On or about March 29th a press statement drafted by Council member Tyler Diep, was released to the Vietnamese media on behalf of the three Vietnamese members of the City Council, Tyler Diep, Andy Quach, and Tri Ta in their official capacities. The statement clearly indicates that they have discussed the matter amongst themselves and reached several conclusions in concert.
GARDEN GROVE â€” On Monday, February 1, 2010 Richard McKee of Californians Aware sent the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD)Â a â€œDemand for Correctionâ€ letter citing repeated and continued violation of California’s open meetings laws. Californians Aware is a nonprofit organization established to help journalists and others keep Californians aware of what they need to…
Absence of Ethics, Incompetent Legal Counsel, or both? To many the requirements of the Brown Act are seen as a nuisance, rather than a responsibility; an annoyance, rather than an opportunity for accountability. Such is the case it seems with the Garden Grove Unified School District Trustees.
And to think, none of this controversy would have occurred at all if Lan Nguyen had simply followed the Brown Act in the first place. Instead he had to go and try to be sneaky, jumping through hoops in an attempt to skirt the law. All of that, just to set up who would be nominated for the officer positions on the Board.
The fact that we are entering a period of limited government hopefully does not mean we are entering a period of limited oversight of governance. The recent walkout by Garden Grove Unified School District Trustee KimOanh Nguyen Lam over an alleged violation of the Brown Act by her fellow board members is a strong case in point.