Hello Ms. Quintana (Claudia)
These are issues that need to be addressed and are not likely to be satisfied at a public hearing limited to the question of possible Brown Act violations. It now has become obvious that the MISEDC members and City staff very deliberately tried to work around their fellow Council members, the public and the Brown Act. Related information continues to surface and your suggested solution now appears inadequate to address all the questions raised by what we now already know about the activities of this ad hoc committee.
One cannot help but question the impact of the MISEDC on numerous votes of the Council, for example the Council Goals where the MISEDC goals were inserted without acknowledgement or discussion; the extension of the City Manager’s contract when three City Council members were unaware of his role enabling the MISEDC; the recommendation to hire additional staff for the City Manager’s office when it was not known how staff time was being diverted to this unauthorized committee; the hire of the current Community & Economic Development Director who heads the Propel Vallejo citizen’s initiative for the General Plan Update, while also being a member of the MISEDC working towards an altogether different plan. One has to wonder at the departure of the previous Community & Economic Development Director as we now know he questioned the MISEDC around the time of his departure.
Clear evidence may yet emerge of the extent of the Mayor’s knowledge of the MISEDC activity which would confirm a Brown Act violation and the appropriate cure. Trying to resolve the situation before all of the facts are known might look like an attempt to cover things up at a time when transparency and trust are at issue in the minds of the public.
I know that you share these concerns and that you will try to address them in an appropriate manner.
Thank you for your consideration,
Donald E. Osborne
P.S. – Stephen Hallett has posted nearly 250 items received in response to Freedom of Information requests regarding the MISEDC. On the chance you may not have seen all of these postings, I include a link to them here. All of these items have a direct bearing on what we will consider Tuesday evening:
LINK to nearly 250 items received in response to Freedom of Information requests regarding the MISEDC.