February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized By: Dave Emerson
(2/7/2012, Los Alamitos) At last night’s Los Alamitos City Council Meeting During the open session Art Debolt, one of the plaintiffs in the trash suit, offered to settle. He made the public settlement offer in response to Mayor Edgar’s earlier pronouncement that settlement negotiations were at an impasse.
Debolt, however, indicated that if the city would drop its appeal, approve a new trash contact and pay roughly $300,000 in legal fees. He also asked that all future negotiations be done in public.
In response, Council Member Graham-Mejia asked Mayor Edgar if they should discuss the offer. The Mayor indicated the settlement talks were confidential and then moved on to approving the new ordinance, as well as reaffirming the current contract with CDS.
The second reading of the ordinance will be February 21. [ad]
Regardless of your views on the trash contract, the offer to negotiate in public seemshard to argue with.
The offer itself seemed more than generous.
However, the Council majority rejected the offer out of hand, then changed the law to allow them to keep the existing contract.
The public portion of the meeting took about two hours and fifty minutes, the closed session took another forty five minutes, with no reportable action at the end, which seems to indicate they are not choosing to sue Council Member Kusumoto at this point.
I will take that as a hopeful positive. The last thing we need is further litigation at taxpayer expense. However, since the meeting was conducted behind closed doors, there’s no way of knowing what happened.
Council Member Kusumoto recused himself from Closed Session.
Meeting Video Up
Kudos to Larry Strawther and CSMP (Community and Schools Media Partnership) for getting the video up so rapidly.
( To follow along on the agenda, followed by attachments & staff reports, click here.) Item 9B is the trash code rewrite, which passed (you guessed it!) 3 – 2.
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