Well they’re still at it.
The city council vote to not put restrooms in the eventually to be finished San Jacinto Plaza got me to thinking about how I could have missed notification of such an agenda item. I went to the city’s web page and searched for the agenda item. It was nowhere to be found.
I did find this document which is the report of the minutes of a special city council meeting that was held on Monday, December 15, 2014.
They held a special city council meeting on Monday, December 15, 2014. Where was the required public notification that the meeting was to be held? Back at the city web site this is what showed up when a search for any special meeting in 2014 was entered:
State law requires council to post notification of any council meeting 72 hours before the meeting “in a place generally accessible to the general public” unless there is an emergency.
Our courts have ruled that posting notification on a bulletin board outside of city hall fulfills the requirement.
A reasonable citizen would probably conclude that the city posts it’s special council meeting notices on the city web site along with the regular meeting notices. Why else would the drop down box have a provision for searching for special council meetings?
The trick here is that the city can comply with state law by posting an agenda on a bulletin board while tricking us to believe that they will post the notice on their web site. No notification, no pesky public.
By the way, council had another special city council meeting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. The regular city council meeting was adjourned at 11:52 on that day and the special meeting was convened at 12:08 in a different room at city hall. I guess they could move the entire council away from the public in only 16 minutes because they have restrooms at city hall and don’t have to go next door to use some business person’s facility.
Adding insult to injury, the special city council meetings are not video recorded and made available for the public to view after the fact.
This is disgraceful and mean spirited.
We deserve better