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Lani Lutar, president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, just sent me an e-mail taking issue with the Mayor’s Office’s explanation for why a committee studying a controversial pension funding provision won’t be subject to open meetings laws.
The mayor’s spokeswoman, Rachel Laing, had said the committee has “no decision-making power and is not giving a recommendation to anyone with decision-making power on the issue.”
The rationale for not subjecting the committee to the Brown Act is disingenuous at best. If the findings are presented to the Council, it’s likely to be reported on by the media. When the findings are reported on, it’s likely to influence the members of the Retirement Board who do have decision-making power on the issue.