UPDATE: DA investigates Walnut

The District Attorney’s office is investigating the Walnut City Council for allegedly violating the state’s open meeting laws when it approved four items relating to the proposed NFL stadium.

Why is it an issue? Because the four actions taken, shown below, weren’t on the agenda.

1. Pass resolution opposing NFL stadium

2. Authorize the city staff to sue Industry if it doesn’t allow a time extension for review of the environmental report

3. Draft a letter of opposition against the stadium to be sent to area state, county and federal officials.

4. Develop a citizen taskforce to review the environmental report, was on items that weren’t listed on the agenda.

The DA’s office received two complaints on topic, including one received today by open meeting activist Rich McKee. The DA said the other complaint was received on Thursday, but would say who submitted.

These two complaints come just weeks after the DA submitted a stern warning to the city for violating state open meeting laws over the same topic: the NFL stadium.

I asked Mayor Joaquin Lim today about the connection between the original DA warning and the new complaints.

“The first DA letter has already been addressed, the DA said the case was closed, and I don’t think it is worth bringing it back up,” Lim said.

More to come later…