• Cynthia Ward

    I am so conflicted. Being on the inside of labor negotiations myself I understand the delicate tap dance that takes place, and NONE of our board is elected, or takes campaign dollars or IEs or needs to curry favor with the union we deal with . But I am not sure that each step in the process needs to be on the table. If there was perhaps more time between the final agreement being considered by the authorizing agency and an approval? But that would require a public that cares enough to read and comment, and we all know how hard it is to get anyone out there in their busy lives to engage in the process. Although this statement from Fitzgerald cracks me up; “I also think that having a resolution on file informs the public that we’re not backing down on this council’s policy on transparency and openness,” Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald said during council deliberations.

    So Fullerton refuses to put negotiations with private contractors on the table in the name of “transparency and openness?” Is that what I just read?

    • David Zenger

      I’d like the players in these “public-private partnerships” and design/build contracts to have to disclose whether they have employed a lobbyist and who it is.

      Anaheim could have used this ordinance when the Angels’ rip off came up. Could be useful after all.

  • RyanCantor

    “Over a phone interview, Nelson said it’s ‘bullshit’ that the CRONEY law only applies to agencies across the state that have willingly adopted COIN. He said that if the state legislature is going to pass a law like CRONEY, it should have applied to all agencies.”

    Quite possibly the single most clear and logical statement to come out of an Orange County politician this year.

    Nicely done, Mr. Nelson. Way to call it like it smells.