Saturday, November 15, 2008

City Council admits Guilt-see it in Court Monday

Today is November 15th, the date that Summary Judgments are due in the McCrea v. Flaherty and Boston City Council case. Since today is a weekend, the papers will be filed Monday in Suffolk Superior Court where the public can view the Boston City Councils documents where they admit guilt in 10 more instances of breaking the Open Meeting Law.

For those lawyers and policy wonks out there, you may want to read over their documents where even at this late stage they are still trying to carve out a legal niche for themselves to meet in groups of six to discuss policy matters out of the public's view.

Transparency is still a foreign word to our government here in Boston. The Governor's new Ethics Panel is trying to decide whether to meet in public or private.

It certainly seems to me to be important for this group to meet in public so that the citizens and other interested legislators can give their valuable input. It is hard to believe they are serious about ethics reform if they meet in the dark.

2 comments:

the zak said...

> Defendents' Motion For Summary Judgment.
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> III. Argument
>       A.The City Council Accepts
>           Judgment Against It
>           With Regard To
>           Meetings Actually Held
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the zak said...

Exhibits
86 pages

City Of Boston Law Department City Hall, Room 615 Boston, MA 02201

1-5
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Suffolk, ss.
Superior Court C.A. No. 05-1798B
Defendants' Statement Of Material, Undisputed Facts and
Legal Elements Filed In Support Of Their Motion For Summary Judgment

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Exhibit A

39-47
Suffolk, SS
Superior Court C.A. No. 05-1798-B
Amended Complaint For Order Requiring The Boston City Council
To Comply With The Open Meeting Law

48-49
Suffolk, SS
Superior Court C.A. No. 05-1798-B
May 23, 2005
Motion to Accelerate Scheduled

50
Civil Docket# SUCV2005-01798-B
Re: McCrea et al v Flaherty et al
Tracking Order - X Track

51
Attachment 8
From: Harrower, Ellen
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 12:47 PM
Subject: Monthly Council Conversations with BRA Director - Schedule

blank page

15
Attachment 1
Order of Councillors

16
Attachment 2
Boston City Council
Memorandum
Re: BRA & Urban Renewal Zones
Date: June 3, 2003

17
Attachment 3
Boston Redevelopment Authority
October 2, 2003

18
Attachment 4
Memorandum
Re: Monthly BRA Briefing - Postponement & Reminder
Date: September 17, 2003

19
Attachment 5
Felix D. Arroyo
March 10, 2004
I am writing concerning the off-the-record discussions

20
Attachment 6
Felix D. Arroyo
October 15, 2003
I am writing today concerning today's meeting

21
Attachment 7
Felix D. Arroyo
October 6, 2003
Dear Director Maloney:
Thank-you for your reply to my letter regarding the October 2nd meeting

22
Attachment 8
From: Harrower, Ellen
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 12:47 PM
Subject: Monthly Council Conversations with BRA Director - Schedule

23
Attachment 9
Michael F. Flaherty
President Of The Boston City Council
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Re: Meeting with Representatives from BU today.

24
Attachment 10
Kathleen A. Devine
January 21, 2005
Re: Meeting of Boston City Council; Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Representatives of Boston University -- 12:30 PM January 20, 2005

25-26
Attachment 11
District Attorney Of Suffolk County Daniel F. Conley
March 21, 2005
As you know, this Office received a complaint
Donna Jalbert Patalano, Assistant District Attorney

27
Attachment 12
Council Boss Warned On Meeting Law
Author(s): Madison Park Globe Correspondent
Date: March 25, 2005
Page: B5 Section: Metro/Region

28-29
Attachment 13
The Clintonian Option
by Paul McMorrow

30
Attachment 14
Kevin McCrea
April 13, 2005
John Zanini
Re: Meeting of Boston City Council and Mark Mahoney, Director of BRA March 24, 2005

31-34
Attachment 15
Boston Neighborhood Network News, Inc.
by Jim O'Sullivan
As Dorchester activists remain skeptical about amendments to city zoning laws

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Exhibit B
133-137
10
Defendants Michael F. Flaherty and the Boston City Council's Answer
to Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint

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Exhibit C
250-270
Defendants Memorandum Of Law In Support Of Its Motion For Summary Judgment

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Exhibit D
Affidavit Of Ellen Harrower
Signed under the pains and penalties of perjury this 30th day of September, 2008
Total P.002

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Exhibit E
1-4
Rules of the Boston City Council
Municipal Year 2004
Adopted in City Council -- January 28, 2004

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Exhibit F
1-10
Open Meeting Law Guidelines Boston City Council