This video of Councilwoman Gaspar calling Councilwoman Teresa Barth's behavior “inappropriate” is a clip from the Nov. 30 Encinitas City Council special meeting, which was called for public hearing about .
In September Gaspar and Barth were placed on a subcommittee to work with city staff on the 2035 General Plan update (referenced in this video).
The document presented to Gaspar by a city staff member (also referenced in this video) was not made public at the time of this statement.
Since the Nov. 30 special council meeting, Barth has responded in her newsletter, writing:
“I am perplexed by councilwoman Gaspar's verbal attack against me at the Nov. 30 council meeting. Her statement that I had somehow violated open meeting laws when no such laws governing sub-committees exist makes no sense. I am also unaware of any council protocol concerning subcommittee procedures. Perhaps there should be some. It is very unfortunate that Councilwoman Gaspar did not first speak to me about what she perceived to be a violation. I recall that at a recent council meeting she attempted to dispel the notion that we were a ‘divided council’ yet her actions on Nov. 30 were clearly meant to discredit me.”
In a Dec. 1 email that went out to local media outlets, Gaspar wrote that Barth has “complete disregard for the open, transparent functioning of subcommittee work,” and stated that she is not comfortable even discussing the four-page document (referenced in this video) because “it does not reflect Council or Subcommittee direction. I would also like to reinforce that this issue is not about what is contained in the document but rather the inappropriate behavior of Councilmember Barth circumventing the subcommittee to further her own agenda.”
Encinitas Patch will keep you updated on this story as it develops.
The complete video of this meeting can be viewed on the city’s website.