01/24/22 City Council meeting — it was quite a wild ride, to put it mildly. In the end, the Council voted 3-2 on a motion that really never happened.
Take a look at the video and decide for yourself.
Mayor Lee offered an option for continuing the discussion on another day and also postponing the vote. Then Councilmember Eriksson suggested that if a motion were made that took R-1 upzoning out of the housing element, he would support it, and they could vote right away. But Eriksson did not actually make a motion. Review the tape.
Then as things continued, Vice Mayor Vera suggested that he would second such a motion that took out the R-1 upzoning. Vera also made clear that if the motion were made, he would like to also remove the declaration stating there would be no environmental impact from developing the city. Again, review the tape.
So, to our count, there were zero motions made. Zero.
Then Councilmember Fisch took over and claimed Robert’s Rules — he said that he would then make the third and final motion (but there were no motions before him). His alleged third motion was to vote on the item, as is. In other words, vote on approving the housing element with the R-1 upzoning and the declaration that the environment is not impacted by development. The City Attorney and City Manager allowed this fake third motion to happen, and that was that.
The rules state that the third motion gets voted on first, but it should still have debate and discussion. There was no debate or discussion because Mayor Lee had to get on a plane and leave the meeting.
The vote and approval of the housing element happened after 11:00PM with zero council debate and discussion.
Watch for yourself. There was no motion from Eriksson or Vera, so Fisch did not need to be gifted the third and final motion, because there was no first or second motion.
Culver City residents have a right to a proper debate and discussion in Council meetings. It’s common sense.