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Asked about the lack of response to Willmore and if he had formed a legal opinion on the Chevron matter, El Segundo City Attorney Mark Hensley said he could not disclose information due to attorney/client privilege. However, he pointed out that for events “that happened 20 years ago and based on statutes that go back a quarter of a century, the process of reviewing all that is lengthy. There are statute of limitations issues…Had I been asked about something that happened 20 years ago, it would take a considerable amount of time to study it.”
A Council member in 1993, Mike Robbins confirmed that “the City was going to get sued by MRC, Chevron or both—and reached a legal settlement where the City paid MRC a reduced amount, Chevron effectively paid the City the amount paid to MRC, and Chevron’s future tax liability was more clearly defined.” Robbins went on to describe MRC’s approach as “hostile and aggressive,” and felt the firm “endangered the City’s business retention and attraction program.”
Asked to elaborate why the UUT deal with Chevron was fair, Robbins explained that El Segundo is a low-tax city by choice and can’t be compared to other municipalities. He added that Chevron is a unique case because its giant 951-acre parcel is self-contained. “The City does not pay to provide and maintain all the City infrastructure and services on the massive Chevron property that it provides for all the other business and residential properties in town,” Robbins said. “These include many miles of roads, alleys, sidewalks, storm drains, water and sewer pipes, street lighting, trees, landscaping, street sweeping, residential trash collection, and police patrols, as well as public parks and recreation facilities. It is not fair to charge Chevron taxes for City infrastructure and services that it does not receive.”
Meanwhile Councilmember Jacobson, who was El Segundo’s Mayor at the time of the settlement, described MRC as a “bounty hunter” since the company stood to make a 25 percent fee. “They were trying to charge Chevron for its own gas and the Council didn’t agree,” he said. Jacobson maintained that the Chevron UUT settlement was approved in public—not closed—session. “There was nothing secret about it.” … Continue reading
Are Chevron’s taxes too high?
El Segundo’s shakedown of Chevron under threat of a $10 million annual tax hike must stop, or the city will suffer long-term damage to its reputation. City Manager Doug Willmore used a deceptive, one-sided analysis for the Chevron property, rather than a cost-versus-benefits analysis. It’s dishonest to compare tax revenues generated per acre by the refinery with that of other local businesses. Unlike El Segundo, land use in other South Bay cities is mostly residential. Willmore ignored the cost to provide and maintain infrastructure and services for all the residents and businesses that would otherwise exist on the Chevron property if the refinery never existed. And he reduced Chevron’s tax revenue per acre by failing to account for the area of all the public streets, alleys, parks, and schools that would be needed.
If an accurate analysis shows Chevron’s taxes are excessive, will the City Council reduce Chevron’s taxes and apologize? … Continue reading
Email – Contact – El Segundo Finance Director Deborah Cullen provided phone/address book (VCF) file for Steve Stark at MuniServices
From: Cullen, Deborah
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 7:07 AM
To: Doug Willmore
Attachments: Steve Stark.vcf; ATT00001..txt
Steve Stark.vcf (695 B)
ATT00001..txt (292 B)
I don’t have Don’s number but MuniServices/Steve Stark would have it.
Deb Continue reading
From: Carol Wingate [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 5:05 PM
To: *ALL CITY COUNCIL
Subject: Doug Willmore
Mr. Willmore was hired by the council to improve the financial picture of El Segundo. With
fresh eyes and an outside perspective he followed directions. This process uncovered some
unwelcome facts that seem to be hard for the established political entities to accept. If,
as it appears, Mr. Willmore was fired for doing his job; the City Council might reexamine
their hearts to discover if their loyalties lie with the citizens of El Segundo or
I anticipate your response.
Sent from my iPhone
Notes by Michael D. Robbins:
There were many good cause reasons to fire El Segundo City Manager Doug Willmore. However, he was fired without stating any of the good cause reasons, to reduce the City’s exposure to frivolous litigation. Even so, Doug Willmore filed frivolous lawsuits against the City of El Segundo (i.e., the City’s taxpayers), and personally against each of the three City Council members who did their duty and voted to fire him – Carl Jacobson, Suzanne Fuentes, and Don Brann.
Doug Willmore did not follow the direction of a majority of El Segundo City Council members, but instead catered to and followed direction from Mayor Eric Busch on important issues. His habitual lying to City Council members made it difficult if not impossible for them to trust him. His failure to follow direction, his poor negotiation results, and his written offers to the City employee unions with apparently unauthorized terms unnecessarily cost the City many millions of additional tax dollars per year.
References: … Continue reading
… There was an audit performed by MRC back in the early 1990’s. Out of that audit MRC determined Chevron owed unpaid
gas utility users tax of $3,431,600. The City reached a settlement agreement with Chevron for $800,000 and MRC received
25% or $200,000 as a result of its contract with El Segundo. The settlement agreement provided for an annual charge of
$150,000 per year subject to CPI adjustments annually in satisfaction of Chevron’s gas utility users tax liability.
Deborah and I are trying to determine … Continue reading
From: Willmore, Doug
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 3:01 PM
To: Tagle, Mickie
Subject: FW: Thank You
From: Willmore, Doug
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:49 AM
To: Leyman, Jeff (Patrol Sergeant)
Subject: RE: Thank You
Thanks a lot for the feedback, Jeff. I appreciate it. And, thanks for the great work that you and your team does.
From: Leyman, Jeff (Patrol Sergeant)
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:03 PM
To: Willmore, Doug
Subject: Thank You
I was waiting to speak to you personally after the 2 PM meeting but Chris Thomason was talking and I didn’t want to interrupt. I wanted to thank you for exploring the Chevron tax matter. Several employees including myself have thought the relationship between Chevron and El Segundo was peculiar, as we knew they paid very little in taxes. We need a guy with courage right now and you seem to be that guy.
Sgt. Jeff Leyman Continue reading
El Segundo making Chevron’s taxes too high
The city manager’s Chevron Shakedown must stop, including efforts to extort large “gifts” of money under threat of a $10 million annual tax hike. The city will suffer long-term damage to its reputation as a good city to locate a business.
Doug Willmore used false premises to construct a deceptive one-sided analysis for the Chevron property, rather than a true cost-versus-benefits analysis. It is unfair and dishonest to compare tax revenues generated per acre by the Chevron refinery with that of other local businesses. Land use in other South Bay cities is mostly residential and not three-quarters commercial/industrial as in El Segundo.
In his one-sided analysis, Willmore ignored the cost for the city to provide and maintain infrastructure and services for residents and businesses that would otherwise exist on the massive Chevron refinery property.
If the refinery never existed, that land would be mostly residential and some commercial. Tax revenues would be much less, and the city would have to provide and maintain infrastructure and services for twice as many residents at great expense that Willmore failed to include in his seriously flawed and biased analysis. … Continue reading
Proposed Chevron Tax Increase
The cooperation between business and community is one of our city’s greatest assets. Businesses not only generate most of our city tax revenues, they also provide generous support to our schools and charities. The coexistence of community and business is a sensitive relationship and, like any good relationship, requires work.
In previous years the relationship between city and business was built on fairness, openness and trust. I’m not sure that relationship exists today. The current leadership in our city appears to have a different approach. The proposed 1,000 percent acreage tax increase to Chevron is an example where the city appears to have a shoot first and ask questions later approach to working with business.
The story behind the proposed tax increase told by City Manager Doug Willmore is an interesting study. … Continue reading
Tax Increase Could Be Potential Blank Check
As a lifelong resident and former mayor of El Segundo, I find the recent City Council decision to pursue a ballot measure to increase taxes on “refineries” extremely troubling, for a number of reasons.
First, the process was utterly lacking in transparency, in that the City Manager’s analysis and subsequent last-minute agendizing of the proposal was apparently initiated without all the Councilmembers’ knowledge.
Second, Chevron the sole target of the proposed tax increase was not informed until after the fact and had no opportunity to provide input or data that might have enhanced the City Manager’s understanding and assessment of the substantial combined revenues the company already provides the city.
Third, no input was solicited from … Continue reading
Community Values Good Neighbor Company
As a 16 year resident of El Segundo, I can tell you that one of the nicest things about living here what is the sense of community and connection here. Local residents devote enormous amounts of time to preserve our cherished quality of life. Local businesses provide financial and other resources to support our children, schools and non-profit groups. The Chevron refinery is at the top of the list of good neighbor companies that can always be counted on to step up when the need arises and is a major benefactor for many of the groups and events that make this a great place to live. Those needs have been significant, including the recently donated beachfront for a lifeguard station and the Fourth of July fireworks, which Chevron underwrote. They have supported school bond issues in addition to being the city’s largest payer of all taxes.
Nothing I’ve heard so far convinces me that quadrupling Chevron’s taxes overnight is in our best interest, … Continue reading