Rather than extend it, the Council should terminate it.
Last August, the City Council voted to oppose SB 714 — a bill by state Senator Josh Newman that would interfere with years (decades, actually) of negotiating and cooperating with the owner of West Coyote Hills and would, in effect, be a state take-over of the property.
Below is the letter of opposition sent by the Fullerton City Council to Senator Newman:
Note that this letter was sent to Senator Newman last August after the Council had been blind-sided by SB 714 . Townsend had not kept the Council informed about the planned legislation. Plus, Townsend’s staff member assigned to Fullerton, Cori Williams, had colluded with Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Councilmember Doug Chaffee, and enviro-obstructionist Angela Lindstrom on the bill and purposely kept the Council out of the loop until after the legislation had already been introduced. It made for a pretty heated discussion at that August 1st meeting.
So the Council immediately sent this letter of opposition to Senator Newman.
But in checking up on the status of the bill in February — six months later — I was startled to see this summary of opposition/support by the Office of Senate Floor Analyses stating that no opposition to SB 714 had been registered:
Isn’t it the job of our $60,000-a-year lobbyist to monitor communications like this and make sure that the city’s position — especially on an important issue like West Coyote Hills — is accurately reported to members of the Legislature?
Townsend Public Affairs should have been fired last August. Their fecklessness should not be rewarded with an extended contract now. It’s time to terminate Townsend.
You can download the City of Fullerton’s letter of opposition to SB 714 here.
You can download the four-page Senate Rules Committee analysis of SB 714 here.