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MEDA Timeline

Important developments in the recent falling out between the Mission City Council and the organization that has served as the city’s economic development facilitator for 22 years.

Jul. 24, 1989 – City of Mission authorizes formation of MEDA (Mission Economic Development Authority) to conduct economic development activities on behalf of the city.

August 1994 – Due to legislation changes affecting sales tax revenues, the city of Mission forms MEDC (Mission Economic Development Corporation) to administer the portion of city sales tax revenues designated for economic development and quality of life improvements. The MEDC board has no staff, but approves city sales tax funds going to MEDA. MEDA staff still handles the day-to-day economic development activities for the city.

Feb. 18 – Saying the MEDA board is too big and takes too long to complete major projects, the Mission City Council orders de-funding of MEDA and dissolution of the corporation not later than Sept. 30, 2011. Economic development activities are to be transferred to MEDC.

Feb. 22 – Mayor Salinas and MEDC President Joe Roseland clash over whether MEDC needs to make budget amendments to implement the council’s Feb. 18 order to de-fund MEDA.

Feb. 28 – City Council removes President Joe Roseland from the MEDC board and appoints Mission policeman Jody Tittle to the board.

Mar. 14 – City Council expresses support of MEDA bylaws amendment option two, which would require the mass resignation of all MEDA board members and would give the council the authority to appoint an entirely new MEDA board.

Mar. 17 – MEDA rejects option two and adopts bylaws amendment option one, which reduces the board size from 15 to seven, but does not allow the city council power to appoint the board.

Mar. 22 – MEDA accepts board resignations to reduce the board to seven members, being responsive to city council’s concerns about the size of the board.

Mar. 23 – City Council takes no action on resolutions regarding hiring MEDA employees and appointment of MEDC board members to the MEDA board since the MEDA board did not approve a city-supported bylaws amendment which would have given the city the power to make the board appointments.

Mar. 23 – MEDC elects Cathy Garcia as president to replace Joe Roseland who was forced from the board after disagreeing with the mayor. MEDC board president is given authorization to investigate hiring an economic development consultant.

Mar. 28 – MEDC authorizes board President Cathy Garcia to lease up to six employees from the city for economic development.

Mar. 28 – Mission City Council passes a resolution which does the following:

• Rescinds authorization of MEDA to serve as the economic development agent for the city, giving that authority to MEDC, effective immediately.

• Calls for an inventory of MEDA’a assets and liabilities.

• Directs MEDA to convey its assets to the city on or before May 15, 2011.

• States that the city will assume MEDA’s liabilities.

• Creates up to six City of Mission personnel positions to assist MEDC with economic development activities and authorizes leasing the employees to MEDC.

Mar. 30 – City hires four MEDA employees, but their start date is unclear. MEDA President/CEO Pat Townsend Jr. refuses to switch over to the city, saying he is under contract with MEDA and will fulfill his obligations.

Mar. 31 – MEDA holds board meeting to discuss the city council actions taken Monday, Mar. 28.

City of Mission dissolves MEDA Originally published Friday, February 18
Mission Councilwomen barred from MEDA executive session Originally published Friday, March 4
Council removes Roseland as MEDC board president Originally published Friday, March 4
MEDA to discuss merger with MEDC Originally published Friday, March 4
MEDA board considers mass resignation Originally published Friday, March 11
Mission council supports MEDA board restructuring Originally published Friday, March 18
MEDA board members tell council, 'Slow down' Originally published Friday, March 18
MEDA rebuffs city takeover of board Originally published Friday, March 25
Council strips MEDA's authority Originally published Tuesday, March 29, 11:24 p.m.
Mission rescinds MEDA's authority, hires its employees, except Townsend Originally published Friday, April 1
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