Ian Thompson at the Daily Republic, is reporting that the Vacaville City Council has it’s own Vice Mayor controversy as Mayor Steve Hardy made the decision to cut the term of office of the vice mayor from two years to one year. Residents then accused the mayor of violating the Brown Act.
Why is this relevant to East County? Well on Tuesday night, City of Oakley Councilman Randy Pope requested that the council re-consider taking back its original Mayor and Vice Mayor vote and hold a re-vote. This was after Kevin Romick (5-0) and Carol Rios (3-2) were voted in as Mayor and Vice Mayor which essentially skipped Randy Pope from serving as Vice Mayor.
Prior to any action occurring, legal stepped it and suggested it be put off so no Brown Act violations would occur. The City of Oakley will decide to take any action at their next meeting on January 22.
In the City of Vacaville’s case, according to the article, two residents accused Hardy of violating the Brown Act on Dec. 11 when the mayor changed the term of vice mayor’s term of office from two to one years without adequately stating on the meeting agenda that the action was being considered.
The Brown Act guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of governmental agencies.
“It should have been on the agenda,” said resident Linda Bruzzone. “The term of office should not have been set on the nomination of an individual.”
Hardy’s move did not violate the Brown Act, according to Vacaville City Attorney Jerry Hobrecht, who said there was no set term of office for vice mayor laid out by law or city ordinance.
“It has just been a custom or practice,” Hobrecht said.
For the full article, visit the Daily Republic.