Listening to Aaron Bowman discuss the school board’s referendum at city council meetings on July 16, I am more worried than ever about his appointments to the Charter Revision Commission.
The city council designee needs to call out how the council members are voting when the vote is taken via a hand raise. They didn’t do that with the motion to defer the vote on Scott Shine. IF a vote was in violation of the sunshine law then it is deemed void. That means the motion to defer the vote on Scott Shine is still open. With that motion still open, then I assume the actual vote on Scott Shines’ appointment is also void. Yes?
Subject: Sunshine Law Violation
Office of the General Counsel Jason Gabriel,
According to an article I read about the Sunshine Law:
The manual says that because the Sunshine Law requires meetings to be open to the public at all times, the person who tallies the votes should announce the names of the board members who voted and their votes. … if a public meeting becomes “covert, secret or not wholly exposed to the view and hearing of the public,” then that part of the meeting is not “open to the public at all times” as required by the Sunshine Law.
I watched the video at this link: http://jaxcityc.granicus.com/player/clip/724?view_id=1 . You can see the votes being counted by hand at around the 54 minute mark. You can hear CM Wilson say one of the council members changed their mind. But you can’t tell who raised their hands and who didn’t. The person who tallied the votes should have announced the names of the board members who voted and their votes. The cure is to take the vote again.
I contacted Scott Wilson who was conducting the meeting that night. He told me he didn’t know who voted to defer the vote on Scott Shine. No one has told me who voted to defer. You can’t tell from the video who voted to defer. Someone on the staff counted the hands up BUT did not call out the names of the people that had their hands raised. That seems in violation to the Sunshine Law. In other words, you can’t tell from the video and no one called out the names of the people that were voting to defer. I think you need to correct the error by taking the vote again. And if 8 out of the 15 people that were present want to defer the vote on Scott Shine, then you need to invalidate the confirmation of his appointment. Yes (in case you’re wondering), I do find it troubling that people that wanted to defer the vote, then voted yes on his confirmation. BUT how many people would have voted NO to the confirmation IF there was more time to investigate Scott Shine’s collection of his school board pay check while he missed so many school board meetings?
Scott Shine said in a city council committee meeting discussing his appointment to the CRC that he only missed two voting school board meetings while he was being paid to be a school board member. If that isn’t true, would it change anyone’s mind about approving his appointment? He missed over two.
Nov 14, 2018-absent- vote: https://duvalcosb.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=2106&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0
October 2, 2018-vote – https://duvalcosb.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=2085&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0
Sept 12 ,2018–vote — https://duvalcosb.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=2093&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0
Sept 10, 2018-vote https://duvalcosb.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=2079&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0
August 15, 2018 -vote https://duvalcosb.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=2087&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0
Donalds said. “Our goal is to give parents multiple high-quality options for their students.” [translation: she wants public monies to go to charters and vouchers]
Joining Donalds in the effort are … former Duval County School Board member Scott Shine.