Weird twist – just hours before scheduled CPOA contract negotiation, clerk announces “closed session” is open to public?

26 Feb

I got this notice from Dani Brinkley while I was out running errands yesterday afternoon, after I’d received a first notice the day before.  In this notice you see they are allowing the public in?

1.1. Special Council Meeting – 5:00 p.m.

1.2. Call to Order – 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 421 Main Street

1.3. Receive Public Comment – The public may provide comments regarding Items on the Closed Session Agenda

1.4. Adjourn to Closed Session in Conference Room 2, 421 Main Street

2. CLOSED SESSION

2.1. Roll Call

2.2. Staff Present

2.3. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR (Gov. Code §54957.6.)

Negotiator: Mark Orme, City Manager and Timothy Davis, Burke, Williams & Sorensen

Employee Organizations: CPOA

3. ADJOURNMENT – Reconvene to an Open Session in the Council Chamber immediately following the Closed Session for any announcement, and adjourn to a regular Closed Session on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Conference Room 2 at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Joint Meeting between Council and the Airport Commission at 6:30 p.m., followed by a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

She didn’t send this out until after 12:30, for a 5:00 meeting. I’ve seen nothing about it in today’s paper, but I probably read yesterday’s edition. Is this what they call sunshine? Here’s the one I got the day previous.

1.1. CLOSED SESSION – 5:00 p.m.

1.2. Call to Order – 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber Building, Conference Room 2, 421 Main Street

1.3. Roll Call

1.4. Staff Present

2. CLOSED SESSION

2.1. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR (Gov. Code §54957.6.)

Negotiator: Mark Orme, City Manager and Timothy Davis, Burke, Williams & Sorensen

Employee Organizations: CPOA

3. ADJOURNMENT – Adjourn to an adjourned regular Closed Session on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Conference Room 2 at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Joint Meeting between Council and the Airport Commission at 6:30 p.m., followed by a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

I’ll keep trying to get information, but it’s like digging through a pile of manure.

UPDATE: A friend of mine contacted the city clerk’s office, asking about the open/closed session meeting between council and labor negotiators, and got this answer, in tiny blue writing: 

“Yes, all Closed Sessions are required to be noticed pursuant to the Brown Act.  The meeting was called to order in Open Session (in the Chamber) and then the meeting  recessed to Closed Session.  One matter was discussed, no action taken, with nothing further to report.

 

The reporting out on this matter will occur under Closed Session Announcements at next week’s meeting. I hope that helps clarify the process.”

Well, no, not really. Something was discussed, and we’d like  to know what, but city management continues to hold us out of this discussion by the forehead. Try to find the proposals, which are supposed to be somewhere on the website for everybody to see. I could give you a hint but am unsure myself. They were buried in the agendas, then one disappeared and was replaced by a new proposal. Good luck.

Scuse me while I wash these sticky fingerprints off my forehead.

2 Responses to “Weird twist – just hours before scheduled CPOA contract negotiation, clerk announces “closed session” is open to public?”

  1. casey February 26, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    We should allow city council and staff to comment about our next closed meeting, without notice. Comments will be censored, will not matter, and be off the record.

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