Council members at the beginning of the meeting unanimously agreed to drop discussion on the deal for now, hours after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel ruled the Council could vote to approve the agreement but couldn’t finalize it before the end of the year.
At their next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17, Garden Grove council members will decide whether to lease the 100-acre Willowick Golf Course to hotel development company McWhinney over the next five decades, with currently no information from city staff on exactly how much in dollars the developer would be paying annually for the property.
They will go as part of a local business delegation to meet with the leaders of a Shanghai-based multinational construction and real estate firm with plans for more than $850 million in development in Garden Grove.
City Council members Tuesday approved a $218-million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that includes millions in new spending even though the city’s projected revenues are expected to fall more than $4 million short of its expenses.
Former Fire Chief David Barlag retired on Monday from a position created for him during a secret City Council vote in September 2014. His departure comes amid pressure on the City Council to scrutinize his work.
In the wake of nepotism and contract scandals, members of the Garden Grove City Council have settled on an official from Cincinnati who they say has a reputation for high ethics and transparency to take over as city manager.