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TheLiberalOC.com published a follow-up story to news about Councilmember Denise Barnes being fined by the FPPC. The article lists dozens of council votes Barnes participated in when some are saying she should have recused herself due to her husband’s work for Disney:
Anaheim city council member Denise Barnes, a key member of the Tom Tait city council majority and a Republican recruited by Tait’s aide Mishal Montgomery, was fined $100 by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for a simple omission on her Form 700 in regards to her husband’s employer. Matt Cunningham wrote about it on AnaheimBlog calling the fine the equivalent of a parking ticket.
But upon closer examination, there’s a much bigger issue at stake here.
Barnes recuses herself from certain votes related to Disney due to her husband’s employment (he’s in TV). But sources are telling TheLiberalOC that Barnes, who championed the death of the Anaheim Street Car as a principal reason for running for council, most certainly voted unethically on a number of agenda items and quite possibly broke the law in doing so due to this omission.
Council member Lucille Kring, who represents part of the resort area in District 4, had a related conflict when she owned a wine bar in the GardenWalk. Kring recused herself from every vote pertaining to the GardenWalk project. Barnes needs to be held to the same standard. The FPPC offered guidance to Kring in 2008 which was followed. Barnes has a sizable list of votes in which she should have recused herself but did not.
Anaheim’s city manager, Paul Emery, and the interim city attorney, Kristin Pelletier, now have a difficult task ahead of them – namely telling the Anaheim City Council that about 19 votes taken by Barnes ought to be tossed out and acted on again – and in many cases, some of these items will die with a 3-3 tie instead of the 4-3 Tait majority decision.
Here’s a summary of votes Barnes took that are under a cloud now because she should have recused herself. These items are where action was taken prior to a complaint being field by the FPPC and there are several votes that need to be examined by the city council and city administration to determine validity:
- Approve the engineering services agreement, with Biggs CardosaAssociates, Inc., in the amount of $204,980, for the 2016 Bridge Preventative Maintenance Program to extend the service life of nine city bridges (Tustin Avenue over the Santa Ana River; Kraemer Boulevard over the Carbon Canyon Channel; Weir Canyon Road over the Santa Ana River; Lakeview Avenue over the Santa Ana River; Crowther Avenue over the Carbon Canyon Channel; Magnolia Avenue over the UPRR; Southbound Disneyland Drive over Disneyland Park Traffic; Disneyland Flyover over Ball Road; Northbound Disneyland Drive over the Disneyland Tramway Road).
You’ll have to click here to read the long listed of votes where Barnes may have had a conflict.