It’s nice when the City officials can just have their own inside attorney proclaim there is “no conflict of interest” in owning key properties near the proposed McEuen park renovation plan, which will cost the public an estimated $39 Million or more. You can read today’s front page article in the Press and see what you think.
There’s no conflict because the mayor’s building was inherited? She will still see a direct financial boost from the plan, so she shouldn’t vote on it. Councilman Mike Kennedy works for the guy who owns a big section of land right across the street from the park. (The Press just corrected their wording on this to show that Mike’s direct boss owns the property) It’s Mike’s main job and it’s how he feeds his family. Mike may not get a direct financial benefit, but the law says that if you’re an elected official you can’t vote on items that would give you, your close family or business associates a financial gain. Kennedy should not vote on it. City attorney Gridley kind of glossed those over, didn’t he? Your thoughts?