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School District agenda packets

School District agenda packets Q: I have submitted a phone request to my local School District for copies of the Board Packet.  I was refused, stating that “it was not their policy.”  I then sent a Certified Letter citing legal references and demanding the documents.  They are still delaying and refusing. A: If it’s the former, it appears that the School District is violating the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.  The Brown Act

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A&A: How much detail does the Brown Act require for agenda items?

Q: The board of supervisors recently passed a resolution requiring public water and sewer for homes built on properties smaller than 40 acres.  The resolution number was not listed on the agenda. Is this a violation of the Brown Act? A: The Brown Act requires that agendas include “a brief general description of each item of business to be transacted or discussed at the meeting, including items to be discussed in closed session. A brief

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A&A: How to file a Brown Act complaint

A: The City Planning Commission considered an item not on the agenda, discussed it, and voted to deny it. I want to file a complaint. Where can I find what to do, the timeline, and a sample complaint? Q: If you feel that the Brown Act was violated, the first step would be to send a letter to the planning commission demanding that it cure or correct the action taken in violation of the Brown

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A&A: Posting agendas and notification of action in special/closed sessions

Posting agendas and notification of action in special/closed sessions Q: A School Board is subject to the Brown Act yet a principal was dismissed without cause after a Special meeting /closed session in which no one was notified nor was it posted at the site where the meeting was held (it was posted on a website) nor has the decision been posted for the ten day requirement following the meeting. The staff and parents are in

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A&A: Opening closed session agenda items by a city council

Opening closed session in mid-meeting Q: Can a city council vote to open a closed session agenda item for the public record? A: There are at least two possible answers to your question, depending on the particular situation. First, after a closed session, a city council is generally required to disclose certain information about that closed session and any action taken in closed session. What has to be publicly disclosed, and how quickly, depends on

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A&A: Inadequate notification of Special District meetings

Q: I report for the local community newspaper. The local Special District (Fire) has its regular meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. For quite a while the agenda was emailed to all board members and to me (upon standing automatically renewed request) on the preceding Friday. Recently the District started posting the agenda and sending the mail on Saturday. I have objected that the notice for 72 hours does not include Saturday, Sunday

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A&A: City Council allowing presentation not on the agenda

Q: At our last City Council meeting our mayor personally invited a federal government agent to speak during our public comment session, although this presentation was not on the agenda.  Our mayor allowed him to speak over the allowed three minute time period and  allowed City Council members to ask questions of this man, but the public was not allowed to speak.   Can he do this? Also, as of late our Mayor is not allowing 

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A&A: Can I be charged for agenda-item documents?

Q: I attended a fire board meeting tonight where the preliminary budget was on the agenda. They had the budget in a binder on the table. They claimed that providing the budget in that way met the requirement to have the document “available” to the public. If I wanted my own copy I had to pay 20 cents a page. I told them that they were wrong and that hard copies needed to be provided

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A&A: I ask for transparency; they ask me to resign

Q: I have concerns that my school District has violated the Brown Act.  When the school board made our interim Superintendent a permanent Superintendent without any public input because it wasn’t properly agendized. I am also concerned that a committee I serve on has been deemed a closed door confidential meeting per the Brown Act. I am an unpaid, parent volunteer on the committee and one of several stakeholders (parents, community, retired teacher, district employees

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A&A: We’ve requested items added to agenda and been denied. Can they do that?

Q: Several property owners within a Community Services District have been denied items to be placed on the agenda for consideration. Can they continue to do this ? A: The Brown Act itself does not mandate procedures for placing items on an agenda (though it does say that “a member of a legislative body, or the body itself, subject to rules or procedures of the legislative body, may … take action to direct staff to

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A&A: Inaccurate agenda information at County Board meeting

Q: Is it a Brown Act violation to intentionally provide false information on the agenda, agenda description, or supporting documents provided with the agenda for a County Board meeting? A: As you appear to be aware, the Brown Act requires legislative bodies to post an agenda for all meetings.  “At least 72 hours before a regular meeting, the legislative body of the local agency, or its designee, shall post an agenda containing a brief general

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A&A:Public comment vs. speaking on agenda item

Q: I sit on a local municipal advisory committee and some time ago we added a standing item to our agendas entitled “Committee Reports” so that council members who sit on these committees or work groups can report out. There are four such reports listed at the end of our agenda. At the beginning of the meeting under Public Comment, I (as the chair) had a speaker card which listed the Item and the subject

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Accessing document constituting an agenda and agency audits

Accessing document constituting an agenda and agency audits Q: I’m a reporter at a suburban L.A. newspaper. I have two questions that relate to two different government bodies: 1) A charter high school, which is covered by the Brown Act, posts its Board’s agenda 72 hours online before meetings. However, it never posts the documents constituting the agenda (e.g. text of resolutions to be voted on or discussed). At the meetings, it rarely provides copies

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A&A: Emergency agenda items and proper notice requirements

Emergency agenda items and proper notice requirements Q: My first question is: What is the correct procedure for adding an “emergency” item to a city Council agenda? Recently, a City Council added an “emergency” closed session to its agenda to discuss “anticipated litigation” without any motions or votes. My second question is about anticipated litigation: Must it be described in some fashion when it’s added? A: It is unclear from the information you submitted in

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A&A: Utility District board member access to agenda information

Q: I am a board member at my local Public Utility District. I requested information on an agenda item and did not receive it. I submitted questions for response and was denied. During the meeting I could not get any questions answered. Do have any advice as to what I can do? [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#7da1fa” color=”#0b0707″ size=”5″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”0″ desc=”Click Here!” class=”div { font-size:x-small; }”]Have a Brown Act question? Ask FAC’s free Legal

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A&A: Council took action on a for-discussion-only agenda item

Q: A recent city council meeting agend  discussion item stated that “No action was called for.” The “summary recommendation” was  that the city council “receive and file this report. ”  However, without any public notice, the City Council took action.  I know the Brown Act requires items on which Council acts to be on the agenda in advance, unless there is an emergency or need for immediate action wasn’t realized earlier. What should I do

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A&A: Do agenda posting times count business days only?

Q: I understand that the Brown Act requires that agendas  be made public 72 hours in advance of a meeting. Is that 72 business hours or could posting on a Friday morning (ahead of a Monday meeting) be sufficient notice? This notice would be posted at a California Public Charter School. A: As you seem to be aware, the Brown Act requires legislative bodies to post an agenda for all meetings “at least 72 hours before

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