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Transparency of City Officials is Questionable

Many Venetians have written the CAO office to get the appraisals of the properties, to obtain the criteria used, to determine that the Venice Median, Thatcher Yard should be developed as opposed to being developed.

Susan Beckman, as well as Kip Pardue, and several others have queried Cielo Castro, Transparency Officer, Office of the City Administrative Officer Manual Santana. Santana announced his move to manage the County Fair earlier this month.

These are some of the questions Susan Beckman asked of the transparency officer.

1. How many appraisals of current market value were done per property and who did them?

2. Were they evaluated based on current zoning or spot zoning that might be required for proposed projects?

3. Were highest and best use studies done in relationship to current market value done?

3. What criteria was used determining selling and adding proceeds to Affordable Housing Trust versus development on sites.

4. If the above information was used to determine the conclusions in the report being presented to the City Hall, shouldn’t it all be of public record in order for the Council-people and their constituents to evaluate these conclusions.

This is the answer from Cielo Castro:

In response to your initial request, please be advised that this Office finds that unusual circumstances exist with respect to the request under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), as the term is defined in California Government Code Section 6253(C). Unusual circumstances exist because of the need to consult with another agency having a substantial interest in the determination of the request.

Given the unusual circumstances, we expect to make a determination concerning your request on or before December 12, 2016. So far no one has heard anything further regarding this. The city council is suppose to vote on these projects this week.

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