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Labor negotiations and the Brown Act

Labor negotiations and the Brown Act Q: Our public school board evaluated the principal and voted to give him a raise, in a closed session, which I understand is legal since the evaluation is confidential. Should the vote on the bonus remain secret? I asked to know the breakdown of which board members voted which way on the bonus. Is that information protected against public disclosure? I did not ask the amount of the bonus,

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A&A: Closed Session Voting

Closed Session Voting Q: In a closed session discussion, a vote was taken regarding the non-reelect of employees.  After the vote two people were asked why they voted the way they did (they had not discussed their reasons against the action prior to the vote).  Is the reason they gave for the way they voted confidential information? A: As you may know, the Brown Act provides that a legislative body may hold a closed session

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California: Attorney General looking at San Luis Obispo judges’ budget power

With San Luis Obispo County  judges awarding themselves over $235,000 in annual benefits, the California Attorney General is considering whether the Commission on Judicial Performance can bring sanctions against them. With control over the budget, the judges began giving themselves extra benefits without complying with state regulations regarding compensation from public funds and with the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. -db From the Cal Coast News, September 26, 2011, by Karen Velie. Full

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68 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 73 Amounts and Reasons for Executive Officers’ Performance Bonuses Subject to CPRA(1985)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 68 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 73 Opinion No. 84-1204 April 18, 1985 THE HONORABLE MICHAEL D. BRADBURY DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF VENTURA COUNTY THE HONORABLE MICHAEL D. BRADBURY, DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF VENTURA COUNTY, has requested an opinion on the following question: Are records of the amounts and reasons for performance awards granted to executive managers of a city subject to disclosure under the Public Record Act? CONCLUSION Records

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A&A: Denied right to have job termination discussed in open meeting

Q: I was accused of conflict of interest and fired from my job at the Community College District. I requested an open session for the appeal to the Board for my termination and was denied. I made three requests in writing, all of which were denied by the District. I believe it is my right to an open session according to the Brown Act. A: There are situations where legislative bodies may hold meetings that

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Board of Directors Closed Session

Board of Directors Closed Session Q: Our Board of Directors met in Executive, closed session to discuss amending our By-laws to reduce the number of directors. When I questioned the closed session, I was told that the Board of Directors were considered personnel and as so covered under the personnel matters exception in the Davis-Sterling Open Meeting Act. I read a pamphlet from the California Attorney General’s office that was very clear that board members

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AG Opinion #97-414 Closed Session for Advisory Committee on Personnel (1997)

AG Opinion No. 97-414 Brown Act: Closed Session for Advisory Committee on Personnel OPINION of DANIEL E. LUNGREN, Attorney General; ANTHONY DaVIGO, Deputy Attorney General In the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California filed November 10, 1997, the Honorable Mike Thompson, member of the California State Senate, has requested an opinion on the following question: Where the board of trustees of a school district has formed a committee, known as the

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80 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 308 School Superintendent Hiring Committee Not Subject to Open Meeting Law (1997)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 80 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 308 Opinion No. 97-414 November 10, 1997 THE HONORABLE MIKE THOMPSON MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE THE HONORABLE MIKE THOMPSON, MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE, has requested an opinion on the following question: Where the board of trustees of a school district has formed a committee, known as the district liaison council, consisting of eight representatives from the community, seven

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A&A: Convening in closed sessions

Convening in closed sessions Q: Our school board will be visiting the school site/employer of the finalist in our District superintendent search.  We are a 5-member board and 4 trustees want to participate in the site visit, which will be outside our District boundaries.  We want to fully investigate the performance of our finalist with face-to-face interviews with co-workers, parents, community members, etc. We fully intend to post an agenda once we determine who our

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A&A: Board member shared confidential information after closed session

Q: I am an Associate Director at my charter school. I was recently informed by my Board that my contract will not be renewed for the next school year. This is an amicable separation and I am finishing out the school year. However, within a week of this decision, made and executed during a closed session, I learned from two different reliable sources that two Board members had shared this decision with at least three different

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A&A: No vote on new superintendent, but of consensus reached in closed session

Q: The School Board announced last night that they had narrowed the field of candidates for superintendent to one finalist when reporting out of closed session. But no vote was taken. The board president emailed me today that they had reached consensus. How can they do that without a vote being taken? Is that legal? A: The Brown Act contains a few narrow exceptions to its general requirement that meetings be open to the public.  One

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A&A: Can Employment Records & Dismissal Be Presented in City Council Open Session?

Q: Recently a local City Counsel meeting was to be held as an open session to hear non-adopt arguments with regard to a proposed Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) decision to fully reinstate employment of a firefighter. My husband never received notice of the open session (hearing). Also, on the agenda it listed his full name and that at this open session there would not be any public comment allowed regarding what was being heard. Is this

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A&A: Legal Action Against a Board Member in Closed Session

Legal Action Against a Board Member in Closed Session Q: Is it legal for the superintendent and board president to put under closed session anticipating legal action regarding a board member without notifying that board member of the reasons, etc.? A: Your inquiry raises two issues under the California Brown Act: (1) whether a closed session may properly be held under the Brown Act regarding anticipated “legal action” regarding a board member, and (2) whether

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A&A: Teacher terminated after closed session

Q: Last weekend our son’s 4th grade teacher was fired from her “at will” employment at a local charter school. The board held a Regular Meeting and decided “immediate action” had to be taken. The teacher did not receive 24 hours notice about the meeting but was asked if she wanted to speak for five minutes on her behalf when she happened to walk by the meeting. The board then held a closed session and

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A&A: Charter board meetings flout Brown Act rules

Q: Can Charter Boards hold special meetings, with limited notice on just any subject? Can they go into closed session and report out publicly that no action was taken, then order the CEO to do what was decided in the closed session? Can a vote be taken to approve signature of a disclosure filing that contains conflict of interest information and then the board president refuse to sign it in a timely fashion? A: Addressing

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A&A: School Board Voted In Secret to Pick New Superintendent

Q: Our group plus hundreds of teachers, parents, and community activists protested against the secret meeting that the city school board to pick the new yet controversial superintendent. We believe that the closed and secret meeting violated several provisions of the Brown Act and we would like help in understanding how the Brown Act applies and in finding an attorney. A: I am sorry to hear about the lack of transparency associated with the hiring

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A&A: Getting information from closed sessions

Getting information from closed sessions Q: Our board has agendized for the upcoming meeting the following under closed session using 54956.9 for the below items. a.  Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release b.  Conference with Labor Negotiator Does this mean that during open session they need not disclose the position of the employee that was being disciplined and dismissed or what the labor negotiations outcome was? A: As a preliminary matter, it is not clear why your Board

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A&A: Does the Brown Act allow closed session negotiations for all public school contracts?

Q: Does the Brown Act allow a publicly elected school board to hold closed session discussion under Government Code 54957 (Public Employee Appointment/Employment) and 54957.6 (Labor Negotiations) regarding the appointment and pay structure of a Director of Curriculum to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Both positions are administrative positions that report directly to the Superintendent of the District and do not report to, or have direct supervision by the board. The pay is set

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