Get on the record
Mayor and Councilmembers:
It is unfortunate that you chose NOT to record your Executive Session last night.
Editor’s note: Council did not hold a closed session last night
In your response to the 2013-14 Grand Jury Report, Case #1314.02, you are in a very unique position. The majority of your members are new and were not part of previous Town Councils’ actions or decisions. Some might think this puts you in a difficult position. I believe this puts you in a positive position. You are new, you can make changes; you have a chance to do something that can enhance the credibility of the Town.
The Report stated 5 Findings, each followed by Recommendations. Finding #1 stated that prior Town Councils violated the Brown Act and Recommendation #1 stated that closed sessions of Town Council should be recorded. I encourage you to accept this Recommendation.
In my opinion, recording executive sessions gives you an opportunity to rise above traditional political posturing. Our Town Council could set an example for public bodies everywhere. A taped record of your executive sessions serves at least 2 purposes: motivates you to stay on topic AND establishes public trust. These recordings are confidential and ONLY available to the legislators, OR, if a violation of the Brown Act is alleged, to a court. Show us that you are public servants dedicated to government of, by and for the people.
Again, this is my personal, individual opinion. Thank you for your service.
Sharon R. Clark