|(Sept. 18, 2018, 6:50 a.m.) -- It's agendized as a special meeting of the City Council at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 for a "study session to receive and file an update on the Queen Mary." But as of 8:00 p.m. last night (Sept. 17), there's no information for the public or the Council to study.
It's not clear exactly what about the Queen Mary the study session will study (Ship repairs/maintenance? Future development surrdounding land? Financial issues?) It's not clear what triggered the study session now or who'll deliver it (City management? A City-hired consultant? The City's lessee/operator?)
Hiding information to be studied -- which isn't required by any law we know of -- turns what should be a legitimate study session into a non-study session. Concealing information to be studied doesn't invite serious study. It blindsides the public and Councilmembers (which cynics may believe is exactly the point.)
In our opinion, the public and Councilmembers deserve to see what's scheduled to be studied for some minimal decent period (we suggest the standard eight-day normal agendizing period) before a Council-scheduled study session. If city management won't agree to do this, at least one thoughtful Councilmember should agendize preparation of an ordinance requiring management to do so.
LBREPORT.com will carry today's "study session" on our front page LIVE starting at 3 p.m., but we believe the taxpaying public deserves a real study session, not a non-study session.
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