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Open meetings: City council barred from taking private tour of water facility

California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris demonstrated the long reach of the state’s open meeting law, the Brown Act,  in her opinion that for majority of a Southern California city council to take an invitation-only tour of a Northern California water district facility would be a violation of the law.

Harris also said that even if properly noticed and inclusive, holding a meeting at such a distance from the city would limit public access and further pose a problem under the Brown Act. -db

From the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, August 30, 2011, by Kenneth Ofgang.

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