This Is No Oversight – Board Meets This AfternoonBy Ari L. Noonan @ 8:00 AM May 03, 2012
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A check with Culver City’s leading heart specialists failed to uncover an uptick in palpitation cases as this afternoon’s lightly anticipated inaugural meeting of the still-organizing Oversight Board – 2 o’clock in Council Chambers – approached.
Based on the agenda, the Oversight gentlemen can double park and leave the engines running. It is nearly as abbreviated as the projected term of the Board that is expected to go out of business in a few months, possibly before the public determines why it went into business.
In government jargon, the Oversight Board is the successor agency to the dead Redevelopment Agencies around the state. They were killed off because Sacramento said it needed the redevelopment revenues more than the 400 communities that have benefited from them for decades.
Dan Rosenfeld probably is one of the few persons in the state who understands the flora and fauna of how the Oversight Boards across California will work.
The Senior Deputy for Economic Development in the office of County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who appointed part of the Board, he said the Legislature is the decider, the final authority on any action taken by the limp-armed Board.
Even Mr. Rosenfeld, steeped in the nuances of governmental geography, said several times, “We just don’t know.”=
“The questions being asked are about a process that is unprecedented and in many regards still unclear.
“The various Oversight Boards, which were created with great care representing a half-dozen different interests, are just beginning to meet.
“I have personally been appointed to the Oversight Board for Los Angeles. The Governance Board (for Los Angeles) met today, and they have been meeting for the last month. The first meeting of (our) Oversight Board was yesterday morning.
“Our Oversight Board anticipates we may meet every other week. We just don’t know what the time commitment is going to be.
“I can give you a list of things that are unknown about Oversight Boards at the formation time:
“They need to create by-laws, which don’t exist yet. They need to elect officers. They need select legal counsel and they need staff. They need to prepare agendas, notices and minutes.
“There is a whole series of procedural requirements that Oversight Boards will address at their first meetings.”
(To be continued)