By Roberta Millstein and Colin Walsh
On Thursday, the Davisite published an article, “Mayor Brett Lee’s Fundraising for the Davis Vanguard Crosses a Line.” Since then, the Vanguard has changed the format of its fundraising event to include four of the five members of the Davis City Council. But this doesn’t make the event better. The new format makes it worse – at least four times worse. Plus, with four City Council members in attendance it will be nearly impossible to avoid Brown Act violations.
First, let’s consider the changes in format and advertising of the Vanguard fundraiser. The main change, of course, is from one councilmember attending the fundraiser (Brett Lee) to four councilmembers (Lee together with Gloria Partida, Lucas Frerichs, and Dan Carson) attending. But the Facebook event page was also changed from saying that Lee would “host” the fundraiser to saying that the fundraiser will “feature” the four councilmembers, with Will Arnold (who is pictured in the photo associated with the event; see above) “unable to attend” while “there in spirit.” It also states that “Each of the speakers will speak briefly and then take questions.”