After repeatedly denying public records requests, the city of Aliso Viejo has agreed in late December to release portions of a study that officials say shows why an agreement with developer Shea Properties and Shea Homes Limited Partnership makes financial sense, according to the O.C. Register.
Cristina Talley, a lawyer working for Best, Best & Krieger, sent an email Dec. 26 notifying the Register’s attorney that the firm will “review … compile and redact” portions of the financial analysis. Talley said the records will be available Dec. 30.
In a letter sent to the Register on Dec. 11, City Attorney Scott Smith said the document wasn’t a public record because the city didn’t retain the financial consultant – the city’s lawyer did.
This was of course an end-run around the Brown Act. And who has been pushing for this development? Aliso Viejo Council Members Carmen Cave and Phil Tsunoda of course. Cave was the Mayor and now Tsunoda is in charge of pulling the wool over the residents’ eyes.
Opposing public records requests is something Tsunoda has done before.
He ripped then Council Candidate Ross Chun in 2012 when Chun requested a “contentious park improvement plan between the city and the Aliso Viejo homeowners association,” according to the Aliso Viejo Patch.
Councilman Phil Tsunoda said the request by candidate Ross Chun cost the city about $2,000 in staff research time. At the last council meeting on Oct. 3, Tsunoda described the request as “rather odd” and “appalling.”
Chun said he made the request to disprove a statistic quoted by a political opponent about the percentage of AVCA’s money held in reserve. Chun served as president of AVCA four times between 2006 and 2012, according to his campaign website.
Chun defended his information request:
“It’s the right of every single citizen to request these public records. Nobody should be intimidated…with retaliation from a council member up on the dais. The City of Aliso Viejo made similar requests, in fact more than two dozen requests on behalf of the Aliso Viejo recreation ad hoc committee, which was made up of Phil Tsunoda and Don Garcia.”
Chun was right of course. Sadly Tsunoda and Cave are still covering things up in Aliso Viejo.
By the way, it would appear that O.C. Supervisor Pat Bates, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey and State Senator Mimi Walters are all big fans of Cave, according to the O.C. Register. They all showed up to praise her when Tsunoda took over as Mayor of Aliso Viejo. Remember this when these ladies ask you for your vote this year.