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Scramento City College student president reinstated after Brown Act violation in recall election

Associated Student Government President Steve Macias was back in office when backers of the nullified recall violated the Brown Act by not posting the time and location of a meeting to organize the recall election. Macias was the target of the recall for refusing administration orders to ask a pro-life group to leave campus during Constitution Day events. -DB Sac City Express.com November 9, 2009 By Stephanie Rodriguez Associated Student Government President Steve Macias has been

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Redding newspaper sues fire district for records on investigation of ex-fire chief

The Redding Record Searchlight has asked the county superior court to release documents on alleged mismanagement and misconduct by an ex-fire chief. The chief resigned last July. -DB Redding Record Searchlight November 10, 2009 By Jim Schultz The Record Searchlight on Monday sued the Anderson Fire Protection District to obtain an investigator’s report on the conduct of its former fire chief. Redding attorney Walter McNeill filed the lawsuit in Shasta County Superior Court on behalf

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Orange County columnist calls for more openness by public Fair Board members

Six public Fair Board members are said to be forming a private nonprofit to buy the Fairgrounds. Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit says that the six board members want closed meetings to discuss the issue, a move that he says would make the public even move suspicious of the private nonprofit. -DB The Orange County Register Opinion November 11, 2009 By Frank Mickadeit There’s been a not-so-unspoken conspiracy theory that six public Fair Board members

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California: Private water board dinners now open to public

The Castaic Lake Water Agency has invited the public to its dinners before board meetings. Despite assurances that no water business was on the table, the dinners could lead to violations of the Brown Act, the state’s open government law. -DB The Signal Santa Clarita Valley November 12, 2009 By Brian Charles For years, Castaic Lake Water Agency board members have had private dinners together before their public board meetings. Until two weeks ago, those dinners

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San Diego ACLU challenges alleged violations of college employees’ free speech rights

In a letter to the Southwestern College president, the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego urged him to repudiate his actions restricting a peaceful demonstration on campus to protest budget cuts. -DB ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties Press Release November 9, 2009 Saying that a public college “must uphold the highest possible commitment to freedom of speech and exchange of ideas,” the ACLU sent a demand letter to Southwestern College’s president expressing serious

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