Sunday, August 20, 2006

CITIZENS FIGHT CITY HALL & NON-VOTER APPROVED COP BONDS: Internet Video (8 min)


Newport Beach, CA. – Angry citizens and taxpayers in Orange County are featured in an 8 minute FULL DISCLOSURE™ 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.

Hosted by Leslie Dutton, the Full Disclosure Network™ public affairs television programs are featured on 43 cable systems and the worldwide Internet website http://www.fulldisclosure.net/. A lengthy series on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Belmont Learning Center focused on the use of COP Bonds in 2004-2005. And, in 2002 the program was presented with a public affairs Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences entitled "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" which was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website.

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