California: San Carlos closed session inspires allegation of illegal action

San Carlos is denying that they committed an open meeting violation when they conducted a closed session to appoint the mayor and a councilman to represent the city in a mediation with an adjoining city. Instead of listing the matter on the closed meeting agenda, the city simply listed “anticipated litigation” which gave the council a right to meet privately.

An attorney hired by the city said the term “anticipated litigation” was not intended to indicate a pending lawsuit but instead refer to the mediation itself as a legal process protected under the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law. -db

From the San Carlos Patch,  April 2, 2011, by Kenny Porpora.

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