SAME SECRET BROWN ACT EVADING “AD HOC” COMMITTEE SCHEME USED FOR TAJ MAHAL CREATED THE DOCK TAX
The Orange County Register has written a scathing story (below) on the Taj Mahal and how the cost has exploded to $140 million – the most expensive city hall ever build in the Orange County’s history. (BTW … the land was free). Over 30 years we will pay over $225 million for a building few will ever visit. The Register reports the cost could reach $278 million if the Obama Bonds used to finance the project are revised by Congress.
How did a city of 85,000 of the nation’s most educated and wealthy residents let it happen? We didn’t know about it.
Utilizing the same Brown Act evading scheme they used to hatch the Dock Tax, the Taj Mahal secret ad hoc committee if councilmembers Steve Rosansky, Mike Henn, and Ed Selich reviewed and approved all budgets, change orders, and payments. No agendas, public meetings, or debate. Usually on the consent calendar, the city council rubber stamped the secret committee’s recommendations. They were in a rush to cut the ribbon before Councilman Rosansky’s term expired – the day he cast his last vote as a councilman to levy the Dock Tax.