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Southern California school district addressing charges of Brown Act violations

In response to allegations of Brown Act violations from CalAware, an open government advocacy group, the West Covina School District is asking for more details about the allegations. The allegations concerned inadequate notice of meetings, failure to convene open meetings after closed sessions and not reporting actions from the closed sessions. -DB San Gabriel Valley Tribune November 5, 2009 By Maritza Velazquez WEST COVINA – An advocate for open government believes the West Covina School District

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Central Valley town council accused of Brown Act violation

A Modesto Bee editorial alleged that the Hughson City Council had decided to hire a temporary city manager before the meeting to make the move, a violation of the California open meeting laws. -DB The Modesto Bee Editorial November 9, 2009 We encourage Hughson residents to show up at tonight’s City Council meeting and ask some hard questions. At a special meeting Thursday, on a 3-2 vote, the council voted to bring Dave Whiteside back as

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Court hears arguments against government penalization of false statements

A federal court of appeals heard arguments this week on whether the government can impose criminal penalties on a man for falsely claiming he served in the military and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. The man was convicted of violating the Stolen Valor Act which prohibits lying about military service. -DB Metropolitan News-Enterprise November 5, 2009 By Kenneth Ofgang A federal act making it a crime to falsely claim that one holds the Congressional

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No First Amendment defense in suit over man’s ejection from public meeting for making a Nazi salute

A federal court of appeals ruled that the City of Santa Cruz could eject a man from a city council meeting for a Nazi salute since the salute contributed to disrupting the meeting. The man’s attorney argued that the salute could not have been disruptive since no one noticed it. -DB Metropolitan News-Enterprise November 4, 2009 By Sherri M. Okamoto A man who was ejected from a city council meeting for giving a Nazi salute in

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California appeals court rejects arguments justifying racist remarks in East Palo Alto police department

A California district court of appeal ruled that East Palo Alto could discipline a police officer for his racist remarks, rejecting the argument that an alleged “culture of racism” in the department was sufficient to justify the officer’s discriminatory remarks to subordinates. -DB Metropolitan News-Enterprise November 4, 2009 By Kenneth Ofgang A police department’s alleged culture of racist remarks by officers did not justify a supervisory officer’s use of such language in publicly referring to

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