Did Kern County elected officials violate the Brown Act?

July 10, 2017 by Brown Act Advocate | Case#: 21-1-17

Brown Act Advocate Investigation

Did Kern County elected officials violate the Brown Act?

July 10, 2017 by Brown Act Advocate | Case#: 21-1-17

This morning I received a tip from a concerned citizen in Kern County in regards to the way elected officials in Kern are making decisions. This is a typical complaint when it comes to local issues with a large number of passionate constituents who feel that their elected officials aren’t making decisions based on the community’s best interest. However, this tip is a little more interesting than usual. The topic is PACE which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy.

Apparently, PACE is a voluntary financing mechanism that homeowners can choose to finance energy efficient and water conservation upgrades to their home and pay off through the property tax bill as a line item (it’s pretty much a voluntary lien on the home).
Recently, PACE in Kern County and Bakersfield have faced major opposition by the local Realtors association. They claim it makes homes harder to sell and that PACE will cause a sub-prime crisis so they want to kill PACE to prevent such a crisis.

This is where something started to stink…

After educating myself a little on PACE, I proceeded to read what was submitted to me. It was a forwarded email that was submitted to Kern County for a Public Records Request which stated one of it’s main concerns was, of course, evidence of a major Brown Act violation.

I was amazed on how clear the possible Brown Act violation presented itself in this document.

So even though the issues have been brought up in the past couple of months in a public forum, the local association of Realtors apparently has been working up a “backroom deal” with some of the Kern County board of supervisors since late 2016.
According to a grant application that was submitted by the Bakersfield Association of Realtors to the National Association of Realtors for $25,000 was meant for “political cover” and were guaranteed a win, with electeds “willing to lead the charge” via conversations they had with Elected officials. This application was submitted in December of 2016.

This ladies and gentlemen strongly points to Kern County elected officials making a “backroom deal” with the Bakersfield Association of Realtors backed by deep-pocketed special-interest groups on the national level.

This brings up so many questions:

• Which elected officials were “willing to lead the charge” against PACE?
• Why would elected officials offer to “commit the necessary votes” before a single public hearing could be held?
• What, if any, quid pro quos were offered?
• And last but not least, were there any violations of the brown act?

Below is the full grant application from Bakersfield association of realtors to “Remove PACE”. It’s a VERY interesting read. As you read, you will find a few elements that are suspect as the timelines do not add up.

Bakersfield Association of Realtors Grant Application

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Bakersfield Association of Realtors Grant Application

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As always, review the content and you decide what you would like to believe.

Do you have any additional info on this issue, please go to my contact page and send me a message!

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