COSTA MESA — Hoping for a punctual 2011, Mayor Gary Monahan wants to move closed sessions to the end of the City Council meetings, he said.
The council will vote on the agenda item during Tuesday's meeting.
"We haven't met on time in probably eight or 10 months," Monahan said. "I think having these closed sessions before the meeting has been a failure. There's no reason to hold the public hostage and to keep them waiting on us when we're doing our closed sessions."
With issues like balancing the budget, the failed attempt to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds and negotiating employee contracts, the council at times has spent up to two hours behind closed doors, keeping the public waiting beyond the scheduled 6 p.m. start.