City of Concord California


News Release


February 10, 2016

Concord officials call public meeting to discuss release of report

The Concord City Council has called a public meeting for tomorrow, Thursday, February 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to receive public comment and discuss the release of an independent investigative report. The City Council commissioned the report to answer a number of allegations made in connection with the selection of a master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS).

Should the City Council decide to release the report, it would be posted to the CNWS Reuse Project website by 10 a.m., Friday, February 12. Report CDs would also be available through the Reuse Project office.

"It is important that we bring the decision to release this report forward in a public meeting," said City Manager Valerie Barone. "Council wants to be inclusive and transparent as they make this decision."

The report is in response to a letter received by the City from one of the CNWS master developer finalists. Among other allegations, Catellus Development Corporation asserted that FivePoint Communities/Lennar had violated the terms of the Agreement to Negotiate, which both firms signed, by lobbying the City Council. Catellus also raised questions about the fact that a recommendation in its favor was removed from the final staff report.

The report was authored by Michael Jenkins, of the law firm Jenkins & Hogin, who serves as city attorney and special counsel for numerous municipalities around the state. For the past 29 years, he has taught local government law at the University of Southern California Law Center. Jenkins has conducted special investigations for a number of cities in both northern and southern California involving Brown Act violations, conflict of interest, and other alleged improprieties by elected officials and high-level city executives.

For more information, visit www.concordreuseproject.org or contact Director of Community Reuse Planning Guy Bjerke, (925) 671-3076.



 
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