Windsor Town Council – 15 Closed Door Meetings

The Windsor Town Council and our Town Manager (not elected but hired!) have sold out our town and even in the face of the “most contentious issue our town has ever seen” they continue to ignore residents, build up road blocks and work AROUND us rather than with us.

DO NOT FORGET WHAT LINDA KELLEY (TOWN MANAGER)DEB FUDGE, SAM SALMON AND DOMINIC FOPPOLI HAVE DONE.  THEY WERE ELECTED TO REPRESENT THE RESIDENTS, NOT THEMSELVES.  WHEN WE VOTE FOR TOWN COUNCIL IN THE FUTURE REMEMBER THE NAMES THAT SHOULDN’T BE RE-ELECTED!

10/7/2015

Sam Salmon requested an agenda item to discuss writing a letter to Huffman asking him to delay HR2538 until Windsor voters had a say and DEB FUDGE OBJECTED!

CLOSED DOOR / HIDDEN MEETINGS

The Town of Windsor has pursued closed door negotiations and permitted minimal public participation as they seek to trade the town’s municipal services and their approval of H.R. 2538 for an aquatic center in Keiser Park. Our elected town council members — Bruce Okrepkie, Mark Millan, Deb Fudge, Sam Salmon and Dominic Foppoli — have been negotiating behind closed doors with the Lytton developers.

In 1953, The Brown Act was passed. This “sunshine law” tried to ensure that local governmental processes would take place in the open, in front of the citizens, so that special interests could not secretly dominate local politics. The Brown Act is why elected officials have to publicly post agendas, so that concerned citizens can attend meetings and speak up about matters that concern them. This is why elected officials are supposed to meet as a group in open sessions.

Below, you’ll find the dates of the 15 closed door sessions the Town Council has held, as well as occasions in which the Lytton Aquatic Center has been discussed in public meetings even though it wasn’t on the public agenda.

2014

  1. September 17 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  2. October 15 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  3. November 5 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  4. November 19 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  5. December 3 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  6. December 17 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.

2015

  1. January 8 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development. Mayor Okrepkie and Deb Fudge appointed to subcommittee on Lytton development.
  2. January 12: Town attorney hosts meeting regarding Brown Act training.
  3. January 21 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  4. Feb 4 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  5. February 11 Parks and Rec Meeting: Lytton Aquatic Center placed on list of Future Agenda Items.
  6. February 18 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  7. March 4 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  8. March 18 Town Council Meeting: Councilmember Fudge had agendized the appointment of a councilmember to serve on a committee on the Lytton project. Instead, Linda Kelley noted that Fudge withdrew the agenda item, and the entire council met in closed session on the topic of the Lytton development.
  9. April 1 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  10. April 8 Parks and Rec Meeting: Lytton Aquatic Center not placed on agenda. Aquatic center discussed at very end of meeting, during “Director’s Report” and “Commissioner’s Report.” Staff members and Commissioner John Cain had been touring pools throughout northern California to provide the Lyttons with feedback on pool design. Parks and Rec Director Donna Legge stated, “We got some great ideas, learned some things… to consider for our big upcoming project.” She added, “I think the next step is they [the Lyttons] will be presenting us with a new design to look at and consider. I believe they’re preparing soon to enter into agreement with the town and preparing for the ballot to go to the vote of the people in Windsor to have access to our water.”
  11. June 3 Town Council Meeting: Closed session on Lytton development.
  12. June 8 Town Council Meeting: Closed session meeting on Lytton development. Citizens for Windsor members Eric Wee and Michael Robison attend public comment period and speak out against closed door negotiations.
  13. June 17 Town Council Meeting: Lytton Aquatic Center designs presented by Kristyn Byrne during public comment period. (Not on the agenda.) Byrne hand delivered Aquatic Center plan packets to each Town Council member. Plans not available on Town’s website; requests for plans via email were refused; plans only available through in-person visit to Clerk’s office.
  14. July 15 Town Council Meeting: More than 100 residents “swarm” the meeting to state their opposition to the Lytton development. Town Manager Linda Kelley announces an August 10 public meeting regarding the Lytton development.
  15. July 29: Citizens for Windsor publish full page ad in Windsor Times. August 10 public meeting canceled and rescheduled to August 26.

READ NOW:  CFW Letter to the Windsor Town Council (PDF)
(in response to Huffman’s deceptive letter to the council earlier this month)

Jared Huffman Letter to Councilman Foppoli – More Misinformation!

Jared Huffman continues to spread misinformation about the Lytton project.  Please click the graphic below to read his letter and our annotated version of it.

Annotated Huffman Letter - Final_Page_1

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