Huntington Beach

Censure of O’Connell on council agenda

HUNTINGTON BEACH City Council will meet on Monday night. A proposed censure of Councilman William “Billy” O’Connell is on the agenda. O’Connell is pictured seated at the far left. (OC Tribune photo).

A proposal to censure City Councilman William “Billy” O’Connell for remarks made at the last session of the Huntington Beach City Council is on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

The statements in question were made by O’Connell at the close of the Oct. 16 meeting. He referred to a complaint he received from what he described as a “manager within the police department” and suggested that this grievance indicated that “the city manager’s office, the city attorney’s office and the police department might be compromised, and if not compromised, at least the appearance of being compromised” and asked for a “third-party” investigation of the complaint.

He offered no specifics about the grievance.

Mayor Barbara Delgleize and Councilmembers Lyn Semeta and Erik Peterson are asking that O’Connell be officially admonished, with the warning that he could be dismissed from council meetings if similar statements persisted. A proposed resolution of censure also demands a public apology from O’Connell.

The memo from the three council members said that O’Connell’s remarks were a violation of the Brown Act, California’s public meetings law, and decorum and termed them “offensive.”

Also on the agenda for Monday’s meeting is an update from the city attorney on the ongoing legal struggle between the city and the Kennedy Commission over affordable housing in Huntington Beach’s Beach and Edinger Corridors specific plan.

The council meets in its chambers at 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue). A study session on water rates will begin at 4 p.m., with the regular session starting at 6 p.m.



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