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A&A: What meetings are governed by CA Proposition 54?

Q:  Does CA Proposition 54 cover bodies like county Human Rights Commissions? Mine is trying to say that they are exempt from the requirement to make an audio recording of meetings because: “The Commission doesn’t have the power to vote or passing laws.” I’m told they are just an advisory group to the Board of Supervisors but their agendas are full of action items which are acted upon. A:  My understanding is that Prop. 54 only applies

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Egypt closes down last ISP inspiring US technos to invent alt Internet

Egypt today closed down the country’s last working internet service–the ISP that provided technological services to aviation, banking and financial sectors in the country and the American University in Cairo–according to the Wall Street Journal’s Dispatches blog. Egypt’s actions have inspired US technology bloggers to ponder what to do in the event the US government threw the hypothetical (or maybe not so hypothetical) kill switch. PC World has an Internet hotwiring roundup–including links to FidoNet,

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AG Opinion #97-1207 Participation by elected officials in committee meetings when they aren’t members (1998)

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OPINION  97–1207 April 29, 1998 THE HONORABLE QUENTIN L. KOPP, MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE, has requested an opinion on the following questions: 1. May members of the legislative body of a local public agency ask questions or make statements while attending a meeting of a standing committee of the legislative body “as observers”? 2. May members of the legislative body of a local public agency sit in special chairs on the

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New York: Journalists among those blocked from bringing electronic devices into federal court

A New York committee is expected to develop a policy placing severe restrictions on electronic devices in the federal court building, except, of course, those belonging to attorneys. -DB Citizen Media Law Project July 27, 2009 By Eric P. Robinson Attorneys in New York are hot and heavy (or should that be a-Twitter?) over rules being drafted by the Southern District of New York’s Ad Hoc Committee on Cell Phones that may place severe restrictions on

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A&A: Open Meeting Rules for Chamber of Commerce/ Non-Profits

Open Meeting Rules for Chamber of Commerce/ Non-Profits Q: Our chamber of commerce receives funding from the city offset costs associated with operating a visitors center in conjunction with the chamber office. Is the chamber subject to the same rules for request for information that the city is required to adhere to? Are there any commonly accepted procedures for holding elections for the chamber board? A: Typically, chambers of commerce fall in the category of

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A&A: Religious institutions and the Brown Act

Religious institutions and the Brown Act Q: I would like to find out if the Brown Act applies to Churches/Temples that are non profit or charitable institutions? Can the President of a board of directors have meetings with a few members of the board without taking minutes and without the full executive committee brought in to the “dinner” or meeting prior to a scheduled but closed meeting of the board? A: The Brown Act applies

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A&A: Private institutions, public funds and the CPRA

Q: If a private institution such as university or college receives public and private funding for research, can a member of the public get access to records that pertain only to publicly funded research? A: Generally speaking, private universities are not subject to the PRA.  The PRA applies to the public records of state or local agencies.  Under certain circumstances outlined in section 54952(c) of the Brown Act (incorporated into the PRA by section 6252

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A&A: Council-elect make decisions, but claim documents are not public

Q: I cover an unincorporated community that voted in June to incorporate. Voters approved incorporation and also elected a five-member council.  A committee has been formed to raise private funds to put on a celebration on mark the historic occasion. Two elected members of the city council-elect (who will not be sworn in until the day of the celelbration) serve on this committee. My questions: is this committee considered private? Am I entitled to the

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A&A: Mayor and University Official Meetings

Mayor and University Official Meetings Q: The mayors of four cities have formed a grouping of sorts and meet with the University chancellor & the director of the labs – this is not done in public — should it be done in public? A: Based on the circumstances you describe, I am unaware of any law that would require a meeting such as you describe to be public.  As you may know, California’s Brown Act

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A&A: Is A Chamber of Commerce Subject to the Brown Act?

Q:  Is a Chamber of Commerce subject to the Brown Act? How can one find out if that act applies to this body or not? A:  Determining whether a particular body is subject to the Brown Act is not always simple. The Brown Act defines the term “legislative body” to include “a board, commission, committee, or other multimember body that governs a private corporation, limited liability company, or other entity” if that entity either: (A) is

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9/11 groups oppose mosque rallies planned for anniversary

Both supporters and opponents of a proposed Islamic cultural center should stand against rallies planned for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, groups representing some relatives of attack victims said yesterday. September 3, 2010 By The Associated Press NEW YORK —Protests on that day would be “disrespectful to all who see 9/11 as a day outside of politics, when we desire to remain united in honoring the lives and the courage of our many

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A&A: When does a non-profit fall under the Brown Act?

Q: If a city establishes an Association and it is registered as a nonprofit under 501(c)(6) does that Association fall under the Brown Act? If the Association does receive monies from the City under an Assessment is the Association under the Brown Act? If the Association establishes a new organization and is registered as a 501(c)(3)to become eligible for grants does that organization fall under the Brown Act? If the Association gives money to the

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AG Opinion #01_401_02

OPINION of BILL LOCKYER, Attorney General; MARJORIE E. COX, Deputy Attorney General No. 01-401 Office of the Attorney General of the State of California Filed March 14, 2002 THE HONORABLE TONY STRICKLAND, MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY, has requested an opinion on the following questions: Do the open meeting requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act apply to the meetings of the governing board of a private, nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of providing

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Documents from Closed Session Real Property Negotiations

Documents from Closed Session Real Property Negotiations Q: My question is in regard to disclosure of information from closed session after a real property negotiation has been completed. Are the documents involved in the transaction able to be public? Is the information our consultant gave us regarding pricing and the appraisal public? Currently our superintendent is trying to say all documents and information given to the school board are confidential because they were given in

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Accessing Polling Done with Public Funds

Accessing Polling Done with Public Funds Q: A school district uses public funds to conduct a poll regarding public support for a tax measure. The authorities I’ve reviewed find that an “objective” poll is an authorized expenditure of public funds.  It seems clear to me that the entire poll (questions, cross tabs, etc.) are therefore a public record subject to full disclosure under the PRA.  But I’ve not seen any cases or advice letters directly

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A&A: Charter schools and public oversight

Q: I have reason and documentation to believe that the charter school my children attend has not been properly permitted and fire codes have been violated. The Governing Board falls under the Brown Act as a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. Can I request and receive copies of permits from the school for the portable classrooms on campus? Because one of the Board members is affiliated with the City Office I was told I couldn’t

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A&A: County Bar Association and the CPRA and Brown Act

Q: I am reading the Attorney General opinion concerning the private cable company that must comply with open meeting and records requests — would this apply to a local County Bar Association which has been delegated certain county functions.  It would seem to me that it would; but they are taking a very aggressive stance with me as I try to ask these questions. A: It sounds like you are talking about the 2002 AG

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Private Homeowners Associations

Private Homeowners Associations Q: Does the Brown Act apply to private Homeowners Associations or only to local and state gov’t? I want to discuss dismissing a management company and I’m being kept from discussing their removal except in their presence at a Board meeting by other Board members. A: Under Government Code section 54952(c), the governing body of ahomeowners association would be subject to the Brown Act under either of two circumstances: 1.  The association

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Regional Centers and the CPRA

Regional Centers and the CPRA Q: Are the roughly 21 private non-profit corporations known as Regional Centers (effectively created by the Lanterman Act)  that operate under contract with the Department of Development Services, subject to the Brown Act, and thus, to the CPRA? A: The mere fact that a nonprofit is created by state action or contracts with a state agency would not subject it to the requirements of the CPRA.  As you suggest in

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