April 2013.

STATE SENATOR WALTERS & ASSEMBLYMAN MANSOOR ASK STATE LANDS COMMISSION TODELAY CITY’S DOCK TAX BUDGET REQUEST

At the request of the Newport Beach Dock Owners Association, State Senator Mimi Walters and Assemblyman Allan Mansoor have asked Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom in his capacity as a member of the State Lands Commission (SLC), to delay the city’s request to create a city budget line item if the Dock Tax is ever collected.

Our legislators correctly assert that the Dock Tax is the subject of litigation and may never be collected, therefore it’s premature for the city to request SLC review until our Brown Act lawsuit is adjudicated.

In addition, Senator Walters and Assemblyman Mansoor will be scrutinizing the city’s documents with a critical eye looking for misappropriated tidelands funds for non-tidelands uses.  Should they find problems (which we think they will) a request will be made to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to audit the city’s historical tidelands spending.