But that is it. Otherwise business must be dealt with in the full view of the public. It would be a violation of the Brown Act to not conduct a City meeting out in the open. This is a fairly clear cut issue.
So last night Sparky the Colantuono & Levin lawyer wangled an hour long closed session meeting with the Planning Commission. This announcement came down at the last minute, and was done with such great immediacy and haste that even certain City Councilmembers were not informed of this rather extraordinary action. And what makes this event even more astonishing is that there are no legal actions going on against the Planning Commission. And they certainly aren't firing anybody since this committee doesn't have any employees. Technically, since they are all volunteers, they aren't even employees themselves.
Plus if there is a lawsuit going down against the City, it isn't something that the Planning Commission would be dealing with. Going into closed session with the Planning Commission to discuss legal issues would make about as much sense as going into closed session on that topic with the 4th of July Parade Committee. It is not what these people do. Lawsuits and legal concerns in general are the purview of the City Council alone.
So what went down last night? I don't really know. Obviously my invitation got lost in the mail. But my guess is that Colantuono & Levin, working on the behalf of some shadowy entity that is not the taxpayers, was attempting to twist the arms of the Planning Commission on the combined Kensington/Measure V issue. Why else would they be taking so extraordinary a chance on something as legally dicey as this?
We are in the unfortunate position of having to pay absurd amounts of money to a legal firm that works against our interests. We've said that here before, and certainly the drumbeat to get rid of this faithless law firm has grown louder this year.
Here is another question. Assuming I am correct here, who is Colantuono & Levin actually working for here? They are paid out of our taxes, but obviously feel no obligation to work in ways that benefit the taxpayers. So who do they answer to? And how is it certain parties continue to have these kinds of privileges in what is supposed to be our town? To the point where they can call a closed session meeting with a committee they have business with and the designated City Attorney?
These were very unusual doings last night.