Citizens Fight City Hall & Non-Voter Approved Cop Bonds #458-459
April 21, 2006One Comment
Newport Beach, CA. – Angry citizens and taxpayers in Orange County are featured in an 8 minute FULL DISCLOSURET Internet video preview, describing why they have been challenging the proposed financing for construction of a new City Hall using Certificates of Participation (COP) bonds, without voter approval. This video preview is available FREE, on demand, 24/7 as a public service.
Newporters for Responsible Government (NRG) is formed:
In an unprecedented campaign attacking the Bond financing mechanism used to side step voter approval and Proposition 13, attorney John Buttolph, Real Estate broker Tom Billings and former “Big Four” accountant turned CFO Chris Harano formed a committee known as the Newporters for Responsible Government (NRG) to qualify a ballot initiative to require all COP Bonds to be approved by the voters. Currently all general obligation bonds must be approved by voters in the State of California.
Contributing factors that prompted the NRG actions to challenge the City Hall are:
Project approved before receiving public input
Unsatisfactory location for community access
Objections to the size of the project
Financing method circumvented public approval
Orange County Registrar Questioned on Handling Petitions
Suspicious handling of petitions by the OC Registrar raised concerns
Petitions submitted to Registrar were deemed inadequate
City fails to place measure on the ballot
Watch Ten Minute Video on Registrar/Petition Process Irregularities
Citizens document problems with OC Registrar
Problems with voter data base
Question election integrity
Disqualifying authentic voter signatures
Non responsive Officials, Registrar & Board of Supervisors
City Hall Project Halted, Registrar of Voters to be Investigated.
Following the NRG committees petition campaign, Newport City Council temporarily stopped the project from going forward, to allow citizen input. While the project and the financing are still pending, a citizens oversight committee is studying the issue, with the goal of winning public support. Simultaneously, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has ordered an investigation of the Registrar of Voters regarding the handling of Recall petitions in nearby Capistrano Unified School District