By Daniel Ritz

At the Feb. 20 Dana Point City Council meeting, the Dana Point City Council voted 3-2 to amend the current charter and temporarily put Dana Point’s Financial Review Committee (FRC) on hold.

Councilman John Tomlinson proposed that the City Council discuss changes to the FRC Charter to ensure it serves the purpose envisioned by the Council, change the manner by which appointments to the FRC are made and directed that all FRC activities be put on hold until those actions are taken.

In his statement to the Council, Tomlinson said it was, “essential to take pause and evaluate the efficiency and appropriateness of the FRC. Rather than functioning as a watchdog committee to review matters referred to the Council as envisioned; it has become politicized and has been addressing policy issues that are within the purview of the Council.”

Currently, the FRC consists of five members, each selected by a City Council representative.

Council member Debra Lewis said amending the FRC’s charter to appointment by majority approval turned, “This watchdog group into a lap-dog.”

Councilman Joe Mueller supported Tomlinson, calling the FRC a “shadow council,” noting that the FRC is the only City of Dana Point committee or sub-committee that is not approved by the entirety of the council.

In an upcoming City Council meeting, new FRC committee members will be selected. These new committee members will have to be approved by a majority of the City Council. After the City Council meeting, Councilman Joe Mueller was quick to emphasize that the FRC is not “disbanded; only amended.”

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  • The foxes protecting the chicken coop.

  • What are they hiding?

  • Great move by our council. The FRC has been and always was a waste of our resources. It was established in order to pursue a political agenda; it has cost the city over $100,000 in meeting cost alone, yet only found few things to cut; it has caused numerous delays in our current council meetings (now they last 4-6 hours, due to false information floated out by Capo Cares and Save DP); All of the projections provided by the Capo Cares army, have been false and our budget issue is better this year than their projections. The current FRC state “we found a $1.6 million budget issue”, yet it was found in 2014, long before the FRC was restarted. At the end of the day the city does have a structural issue, Capo is sucking so much money out of the city, the rest of our city is suffering. In MB for every $6 dollars in taxes we pay we only get back $1 from our city, yet for every $1 Capo send to the city they receive back $3.5- $4.20. That is our issues, and our leaders need to address that.

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