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Porterville retailers allege open meetings violation in agreement between city and Indian tribe

A group of Porterville retailers claim that the city council violated the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law, when they made an agreement in closed session with the Tule River Indian Tribe. -db The Porterville Recorder October 21, 2010 By Denise Madrid A Cooperative Agreement made nearly six months ago during closed session between the City of Porterville and the Tule River Indian Tribe is being called into question by the Coalition of Retailers

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South Pasadena under investigation for alleged Brown Act violation

The district attorney is checking into whether the South Pasadena City Council violated California’s Brown Act, the open meeting law, in interviewing prospective police chiefs in close session. -db San Jose Mercury News October 14, 2010 By Brian Charles SOUTH PASADENA – The District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether the City Council violated provisions of the state’s open meetings law when members went behind closed door to interview candidates for the police chief’s job. The

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Santa Clarita: Community alleges open meeting violation in vote on public library

A group of library workers and patrons in Santa Clarita has demanded that the City Council rescind its vote on withdrawing from the Los Angeles County Library System and allow public discussions of the withdrawal. -db The Santa Clarita Valley Signal September 28, 2010 By Natalie Everett Library patrons and workers sent the city of Santa Clarita a letter Tuesday demanding that the City Council take back its vote on withdrawing from the Los Angeles

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A&A: “Briefings” on controversial project really serial meetings?

Q: The planning commission was given six days to review a 117 page packet for a very controversial project for the gateway of our city, which has not been developed. The day before the commission hearing, the city manager held a series of “briefing” meetings with groups of the 2-3 planning commissioners at a time (our commission has 7 members). According to the schedule, more than a quorum of commissioners were scheduled for a meeting

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A&A: Reporting closed sessions decisions

Q: The city council has had an item on its closed session agenda for several weeks regarding a condo’s violation of a development agreement. The city manager said publicly that the council had reached a decision that “involves litigation,” but he did not discuss the details. No decision was announced after that city council meeting. I assumed that would mean an announcement would come at the next city council meeting following closed session. Again, this

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