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A&A: School refuses to explain why principal fired behind closed doors

Q: An elementary school principal was forced to resigned after a closed session meeting with the school board. Board members say they CAN’T talk about the decision. I made a written request for the files. They say they don’t have to show me the file’s under government code 6250. I don’t believe that’s true. Most of the employees at the school agree with me, but cannot speak up. A: There seem to be a couple

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CFAC awards

CFAC announces awards to FOES and friends of free speech, open government. “Darkness Awards” zap Orange County judge, Capistrano school board, San Bernardino assessor The California First Amendment Coalition has named the 2008 recipients of its “Darkness Award,” given in recognition of conduct that thwarts freedom of speech and the public’s right to know. The awards, to be presented Saturday, October 18 at UC Berkeley, are given to: — Orange County Superior Court Judge David

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A&A: Special audience privilege and the Brown Act

Special audience privilege and the Brown Act Q: Does Brown Act specify that any board member and any school administration staff enjoy “special audience” privilege to join any board appointed committee’s discussion at anytime? If so, could you refer me to the specific section(s) regarding this? Does it mean that a board appointed committee chair must allow a board member (even she/he is not the committee member) to speak anytime during the committee meetings, but

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75 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 263 Citizen Task Force Not Subject to Opem Meetings Law (1992)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 75 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 263 Opinion No. 92-804 November 12, 1992 THE HONORABLE JOHN R. LEWIS MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA SENATE THE HONORABLE JOHN R. LEWIS, MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA SENATE, has requested an opinion on the following question: Are the meetings of a task force comprised of private citizens appointed by the State Insurance Commissioner to render advice on public policy issues, which operates under

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A&A: Does short notice of public hearing invalidate contract?

Q: DMV code requires a Public Hearing before entering into a Red-Light Camera Contract. I contend the new contract our city council has approved is invalid because the requirement for a public hearing was not met. The city manager proposed a new contract when the current contract expires June 30. The Public Hearing was noticed on May 18 in a local newspaper for a June 1 meeting, at which time the city council  was to

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67 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 111 Can County Advisory Board Meet With Counsel in Closed Session to Discuss Litigation Involving Board of Supervisors? (1984)

CA-AG (California Attorney General Opinions) 67 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 111 Office of the Attorney General State of California Opinion No. 83-1107 March 20, 1984 THE HONORABLE ADRIAN KUYPER COUNTY COUNSEL ORANGE COUNTY THE HONORABLE ADRIAN KUYPER, COUNTY COUNSEL, ORANGE COUNTY, has requested an opinion on the following question: Is an advisory committee which has been created by the Board of Supervisors to advise it on airport matters entitled to meet in closed session with

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OAN admits Georgia voter fraud claim bogus

The conservative One America News Network finally admitted that there was no voter fraud by Georgia elections workers during the 2020 presidential election. The admission was part of a settlement of a defamation lawsuit two election workers filed against the network. The two workers had suffered in person and online harassment. (Daily Beast, May 10, 2022, by William Vaillancourt) The workers also sued Rudy Giuliani and The Gateway Pundit on similar grounds. Last year, election

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California voters ensure transparency in local government

California voters ensured that local government agencies comply with the California Public Records Act (CPRA) in a landslide with 61.5 percent approving Prop 42, the Public’s Right to Know Act. The proposition shifted the burden for paying for CPRA to local governments after the state moved to withdraw funding for transparency services. Local government in other states have always paid for the services. (Electronic Frontier Foundation, June 4, 2014, by Dave Maass) With state deficits

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Member of Trump voter fraud commission sues over lack of transparency

The Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is suing the voter fraud commission for not living up to its legislature mandate in the Federal Advisory Committee Act requiring it be bipartisan and transparent.  Dunlap claims he did not receive all documents in advance that were part of  a July meeting. Subsequently he was not asked to participate in fact gathering or analysis or for input on agendas or issues. Members of Congress have also been

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AG says voter OK needed for cities' "cash out" refinancings of government bonds

Local governments and school districts, with voter approval, sell bonds to finance new buildings and other capital projects. If interest rates decline after the bonds are sold, governments often sell new “refunding” bonds to retire the original bonds–like refinancing a home mortgage. But suppose governments, when refunding, take “cash out” of the transaction by issuing more new debt than is needed to pay off the old debt? Does that practice, which is widespread in California,

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Can local legislators speak freely to voters? The answer should be an emphatic “yes.” Too often the answer given is “maybe.”

BY PETER SCHEER–Local government, Republicans and Democrats agree, is the most democratic (with a small d) form of government. The closer government is to the people, the theory goes, the more accountable it is to voters and the more responsive to the public will. Congress is the most remote, hence least accountable; your local city council is the closest, therefore most attuned to your needs and interests. Except in California and several other states where

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California open government roundup: State voters approve new legislative transparency initiative

California passed a legislative transparency law with 64 percent of the voters approving Proposition 54. The law requires all state bills be posted online three days before the full Senate or Assembly can vote on them. It also requires video of legislative hearings and debates be available online. (KION, November 8, 2016, by Associated Press) Citizens in Novato are suing the city council over allegedly violating the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. The

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Ballot measure to subdivide CA assumes smaller government is closer to voters. But it’s also closer to special interests.

Tim Draper, the legendary venture capitalist  (Tesla, Baidu, Yahoo), also dabbles in politics—albeit at a much lower rate of return. His latest foray into the political arena is a ballot initiative to subdivide California into six states of roughly equal size. This proposal faces serious hurdles, not least that the federal government would say no, even if California voters, against all odds, endorsed Draper’s mini-Californias idea. By raising the state’s US senator count from two

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Lawsuit brought to stop Tennessee law establishing criminal and civil penalties for voter registration drives

On behalf of five plaintiffs, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against Tennessee charging their law establishing criminal and civil penalties against groups conducting voter registration violate the Constitution. An earlier lawsuit brought by the NAACP and three other organizations charged that the law would “violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and have a chilling effect on the exercise of fundamental First Amendment rights.” (The First Amendment Encyclopedia, May

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A&A: Does “Deliberative Process Privilege” Allow California governor to Withhold Communications Relating to Voter-Mandated Study?

Q: I submitted a California Public Records Act request to the California Department of Public Health, Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), Gov. Newsom, CA Department of Tax and Fee Administration and Attorney General Xavier Becerra regarding the voter mandated nonprofit feasibility study required by the text of CA Prop 64. I received a response from all agencies, except the BCC stated the department needed 60 days to produce the records they were in possession of.

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Leading gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown need to show voters, by their own actions, that they are committed to transparency in government. Promises won’t cut it.

BY PETER SCHEER—As California voters begin the process of selecting the next  Governor of the ungovernable Golden State, the leading candidates owe them a demonstration of their commitment to government transparency. All politicians are supportive of open-government “in principle;”  the question is whether they are committed in practice. The best test for that is a candidate’s willingness, before an election, to  disclose information about himself that is not legally required to be disclosed–but that voters

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62 OPS. Cal. Atty. Gen.150 Can Two Legislative Bodies and Their Counsels Meet in Executive Session to Discuss Litigation Settlement? (1979)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 62 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 150 Opinion No. CV 78-103 April 10, 1979 THE HONORABLE STANLEY M. RODEN DISTRICT ATTORNEY SANTA BARABRA COUNTY THE HONORABLE STANLEY M. RODEN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, SANTA BARABRA COUNTY, has requested an opinion on the following questions: 1. Is it a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act for the full legislative bodies of a city and a water district, each accompanied by

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