LONG BEACH CITY HALL DRAGS ITS HEELS OVER BANCAP PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTBy Greater Long Beach
Since it reported on an Oct. 23 consent calendar item that would give BANCAP Marina Center, Inc. up to $95,000 in rent credits, LBReport.com’s public records request for BANCAP’s current lease with the city has given way to another question — why isn’t it available? After all, the lease is public record.
BANCAP is the city’s master tenant under a 1994 lease to handle remodeling, renovation, and management of city-owned property and improvements at the Alamitos Bay Marina Center, located in the 3rd District. The BANCAP item piqued the publication’s interest because it was included in the Long Beach City Council consent calendar in the last city council meeting before the Nov. 6 election that will see 3rd District Councilman Gary DeLong either advance to Congress or serve out two more years on the city council.
Its placement in the consent calendar meant that it was up for approval without council discussion unless requested by the public or a councilmember. Which was what 5th District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske did, with the following exchange with Public Works Director Michael Conway:
Schipske: The City of Long Beach is the master landlord. Who is responsible for repairs?…Is it the landlord or the organization who is leasing this?
Conway: Councilwoman Schipske, Vice Mayor, members of the City Council. The Master Lessee is responsible for maintenance. The landlord is responsible for structural improvements.
Schipske: So that would be the roof?
Conway: The roof, the HVAC, the foundation, anything of a structural nature.
The item was approved 7-0, with DeLong and 9th District Councilman Steve Neal absent. The following day, LBReport.com requested a copy of the city’s current lease with BANCAP, setting off a week of vague responses from City Hall. Read LBReport.com’s perspective on the ongoing matter.