BOS Punts - Opinion
The Board of Supervisors meeting opened today in a shocking way, half a hour late from its scheduled Open Session time.
The Board of Supervisors had been in closed session for 1-1/2 hours deliberating what to do after Supervisor Nutting's six misdemeanor convictions last Wednesday, May 14. They had summoned an outside legal expert to advise them.
The Board Chair gaveled the Open Session to order and summoned County Counsel Edward Knapp to the microphone.
Knapp announced that the Board had decided to abort today's session and take no action on any agenda item.
Further, the Board was cancelling the May 27th and June 3rd Board Meetings. So today's agenda would be taken up at the next actual Board Meeting on June 10.
The reason for this extraordinary scrubbing of three Board Meetings is to wait until after Supervisor Ray Nutting is sentenced June 6 on his six misdemeanor convictions. Knapp explained that Judge Timothy Buckley could rule at that time that Nutting's convictions automatically trigger his removal from office per Government Code provisions.
Apparently if Judge Buckley so rules, a question could arise as to the possible retroactivity of Nutting's removal from office, and potential invalidity of any Board decisions taken between Nutting's conviction and his sentencing.
To avoid such a legal quagmire, the Board this morning decided to abort all Board Meetings until Supervisor Nutting is sentenced June 6.
Richard Boylan, Ph.D.