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Patch Blog: ASNC and Monterey Hills Federation Share a Conflict of Interest

Can two individuals on the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council faithfully serve it if they also hold key posts in the Monterey Hills Federation?

There is a conflict of interest between the Monterey Hills Federation and the ASNC.

Darius Adle, one of the two ASNC Monterey Hills geographic reps and PRESERVE ASNC Monterey Hills geographic candidates, is also the President of the Monterey Hills Federation.

The Monterey Hills Federation website makes the following disclaimer at the bottom of its Homepage: “In association with the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee”.

The Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee consists of Darius Adle and Judy Knapton. The ASNC has appointed Judy Knapton, the current ASNC Treasurer/Monterey Hills geographic rep and PRESERVE ASNC Monterey Hills geographic candidate, to serve as the liaison between the ASNC and the Monterey Hills Federation.

Therein lays the nature of the conflict of interest. There cannot be an “association with” yourself.

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David Lyttle October 08, 2012 at 08:50 PM
The Monterey Hills Federation is singing a new Jazzy tune............................... In my original blog posted October 5th (see above) I quoted a disclaimer from the bottom of the Monterey Hills Federation Homepage as: “In association with the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee” in order to substantiate my argument for conflict of interest. Interestingly enough that disclaimer has now been changed to read: "We are Proud to be affiliated with the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, through the Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee" Nice change, from "in association with" to ".affiliated with............through" I knew this was coming so I was sure to print a hard copy of the original website disclaimer which is date and time stamped. If anyone wants copies I will have them available for you at the ASNC Candidate Forum being held at Linden Heights this Wednesday. Please everybody come.........................
David Lyttle October 09, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Is the ASNC Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee in violation of the Brown Act? The Brown Act (§ 5494(a)) requires meetings to “be held at the time and place set by ordinance, resolution, or bylaws.” The ASNC Monterey Hills Local Issues Committee Meetings are always posted as beginning after the Monterey Hills Federation Meeting ends, no specific time has been given which is required under the Brown Act.
JosephR October 09, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I saw a City Attorney (Darren Martinez) storm out of a Board of Neighborhood Commissioner's meeting he was staffing in Lincoln Heights several years ago -- in protest, because the commissioners wanted to JUST take public comment, since many had attended. The reason? The posted agenda didn't have the time specific for the start of the meeting. Anything approved at that meeting could have immediately been challenged and reversed as a violation of the Brown Act.
The MOG October 09, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Mr. Lyttle, it's like water off a duck's back, I guess, or sweat off a bull's...well, you get the picture!
David Lyttle October 09, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Absence of proof is not proof of absence. Margaret, Can you state your position or give a counter as to why you do not feel there is a conflict of interest and that the argument that I have put forth being "There cannot be an 'association with' yourself" is not sound? Maybe Darius and/or Judy can help you out here.

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