The Orange County Register’s Editorial Board has come out against Measures T, the Brea Accountability Act, and U, the Brea Open Governance Act, in an editorial published this week.
Their editors wrote that “Measure T seems less about accountability and more about sticking it to selected Brea officials by limiting their paychecks. And U does little more than duplicate existing state laws.”
Even worse – The Register’s editors found out “that one of the main sponsors of Measure T is a former contractor with the city whose contract was terminated by the current city manager, Tim O’Donnell. That the contractor is using Measure T to settle a score with the city manager is evidenced by the fact that the measure exempts Brea’s public safety personnel, including fire, police and emergency services.”
The Register’s editors also nailed Measure U, which “promises to “improve transparency in local government.” But it’s hard to see how the proposed city ordinance will deliver more transparency than the combination of three state laws – the Brown Act, the California Public Records Act and the Sunshine Amendment.”
We agree with the O.C. Register. Brea’s voters should reject Measures T and U.