Council Refuses To Publicly Disclose City-Alleged Threats To Security Of Public Bldgs Or Publicís Right of Access to Public Services or Public Facilities.In Cnnection With Using LB Convention Center To House Migrant Minors
|(April 8, 2021, 4:30 a.m..) -- Following up on a story first reported by LBREPORT.com on April 5 here, no City Councilmembers chose to publicly discuss City-alleged threats to public buildings or public's right of access to public facilities or services in connection with use of LB's Convention Center to house migrant minors
The City cited a section of the CA Government Code (Brown Act) as one of its two grounds to hold a "closed session" that prevented public and press access to a 4:30 p.m. Council session immediately preceding a public Special Meeting of the Council on the proposed Convention Center use.
The item as publicly agendized stated:
Pursuant to Section 54957(a) and Section 54956.8 of the California Government Code regarding a conference with the City's real property negotiator:
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The secrecy provision ISN'T mandatory. The Brown Act isn't an "official secrets" act. Any Councilmember(s) could have made a motion, and if seconded, a Council majority voted action could have allowed the public to learn the nature of the public threats BEFORE the Council voted publicly just minutes later on the proposed Convention Center use.
CA Government Code section 54957(a) provides:
Mayor Garcia and several Councilmembers had already indicated -- before hearing the nature of the threat(s) to the public and details of the deal -- that they supported approving the federally-sought Convention Center use. An April 5 City statement indicates two federal agencies (operated by the Biden administration) requested use of City facilities to deal with an influx of migrant minors, and unnamed Long Beach officials decided the Convention Center was most appropriate.
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