(We’re on CP Time anyway this week, so we’ll be pinning this one to the top for a while if only because it’s so perfectly Burbank sleazy. It’s not to be ignored — twenty years ago there would have been a frigging riot down at the Chambers the minute the news of this one hit. The Disney execs got an illegal private meeting and group discussion with the city council and planning board right before their huge DA extension request goes up for a vote; the rest of us didn’t get an agenda statement or a set of descriptive minutes to the visit; and there isn’t even a copy of the menu for their catered luncheon.)
This from Vice Mayor Rogers’ unofficial web calendar:
Why wasn’t this tour placed on the regular council agenda? Apparently that’s what it was — a studio tour of the Walt Disney Company in preparation for their Development Agreement extension request.
Digging down, we’ve found that this event was only placed into public notice right here. But that’s not sufficient under the law.
Disney obviously didn’t want too many pesky visitors down there now, did they? Because by law anyone from the public would have been allowed to attend this joint meeting. And if we’d seen it on the required published agenda as we all should have under the law, we’d have all known about it way ahead of time.
Looks like the City of Burbank seriously broke the Open Meetings law on this one. Staff should have announced this important studio meeting on their regular formal agenda, and they did not.
No? See it listed anywhere in the archived agendas below? In short, their little studio tour and get-together was not properly noticed under the Brown Act.
Disney didn’t want anyone else there. So the event was buried on an obscure web page, and with a supposed link to the agenda page that doesn’t even link to anything. Our first news of it was on Rogers’ web site.