City Violates Brown Act (Open Meeting Law)

CITY’S SECRET HARBOR FEE (TAX) COMMITTEE SUNSETS 20 MONTHS AGO – YET CONTINUES TO MEET IN SECRET WITHOUT AGENDAS OR PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

PLEASE ATTEND & SPEAK
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO LEVY THE RESIDENTIAL DOCK TAX
Tuesday, December 11th
4:00 p.m.

Old Newport Beach City Hall
(they recently changed locations back to the Old City Hall)
3300 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach

This morning the City Council received a letter from Stop the Dock Tax lawyer and open meeting law expert Steve Baric outlining severe Brown Act violations of a Secret Committee formed to hatch Harbor tax increases over the past two years.  On July 27, 2010 the City Council passed a resolution forming the Ad Hoc Committee on Updating Harbor Charges (“Secret Committee”).  The Secret Committee has never met in public or published an agenda.  Any committee established by city resolution is considered a permanent committee under the Brown Act and therefore must function according to open meeting laws.  The Secret Committee – comprised of Councilmembers Henn, Rosansky, and Selich –  has met dozens of times since its formation.  According to Mayor Gardner, they met in secret as recently as November 18th to discuss the Residential Dock Tax.  Furthermore, the Secret Committee was to sunset on March 31, 2011.  The City Council failed to reauthorize the Committee, yet it continued to meet in secret and make recommendations to the full City Council.  Baric reminds the City Council that all actions adopted in violation of the Brown Act are null and void.

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Bob McCaffreyChairman,
Stop The Dock Tax
www.stopthedocktax.com Please check with our web site for the lastest information 

 

YARD SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE

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Call to arrange a time to pick up your Stop The Dock Tax sign.

Robin Lombardo
Waterfront Newport Beach, LLC
(formerly John Dominis Restaurant)
2901 W. Coast Hwy. Suite # 200
Newport Beach, CA. 92663
Cell: 949.293.9239

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