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A&A: Restrictions on Agendas and Minutes

Q: I am attempting to report on city government and  have learned that the city only offers citizens the chance to view agendas during normal business hours. If one wishes to obtain copies, the city charges $.15 per black and white page. Past agendas and minutes can be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope. Agendas and minutes are also not available online. It appears very un-American to set limited time parameters and charge citizens

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A&A: Attorneys present at closed meetings

Attorneys present at closed meetings Q: I have a question about closed sessions. We want to update our Board of Directors on current litigation against our hospital. However, we don’t necessarily need to have our attorney present to do so. Is this valid closed-session subject matter? And if so, do we need to list the litigation that will be discussed? A: Government Code 54956.9 allows legislative bodies (which includes hospital districts) to hold closed sessions

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A&A: Agency terminates audio recording of meetings without notice

Q: A local agency just reformed and it started to audio record it meetings and make them available to the public. I obtain one for a missed meeting. Then skipped a meeting, relying on the availability of the recording, only to be told afterwards, that the staff person did not record the meeting on direction of one of the members. I would like to see them continue. Brown Act relevancy? [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#be322a”

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A&A: Defining “action taken” and sufficiently describing agenda items

Q: We believe based on a published Attorney General’s Opinion that the Brown Act applies to student governments at community colleges. Our student government, which distributes about $1.3 million per year in student fees, seems to consistently violate the Brown Act, particularly with respect to notice of its intended actions. Specifically, while our student government timely posts meeting agendas, the entries are so vague they fail entirely to describe the possible actions that ultimately (at

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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: Does Brown Act Allow Adding Agenda Items Less Than 72-Hours Before A Meeting?

Q: A California City Council originally released an agenda for its regular meeting without a closed session. Each agenda usually has a closed session heading listed at the end of the meeting — but the council doesn’t meet in closed session; it’s like a placeholder. On its action calendar, the council was scheduled to discuss and appoint a new interim city attorney. Three hours before the 7 p.m. meeting, the city clerk sent out an

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CA Sunshine Ordinance: Oakland

Oakland’s Sunshine Ordinance was adopted in 2003. Chapter 2.20 PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PUBLIC RECORDS Article I In General 2.20.010 Findings and purpose. The Oakland City Council finds and declares: A. A government’s duty is to serve the public and in reaching its decisions to accommodate those who wish to obtain information about or participate in the process. B. Commissions, boards, councils, advisory bodies and other agencies of the city exist to conduct the people’s business.

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The Brown Act (text of the law updated 2013)

Resources Access to Meetings Text of The Ralph M. Brown Act Government Code Section 54950-54963   (Updated 2013) Visit the California Legislature website for the most current text. Access here. 54950. In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be

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A&A: Notices of City’s Closed Session Real Estate Negotiations Provide Only Generic Information

Q: First Question: for Real Estate transactions going to my City Council in a closed session for “price and terms of payment for the purchase, sale, exchange, or lease” all have the same catch-all description “Conference with Real Property Negotiators:1. Property: APN 000-000-000 (the addresses vary)2. Agency Negotiators: xxx, yyy, zzz (the names vary)3. Under Negotiation: Price and terms of payments Is the generic expression “Conference with Real Property Negotiators” too general to be sufficient?

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A&A: Agenda posted on-line

Agenda posted on-line Q: Can the legislative body of a state-funded entity discontinue sending notice of standing meetings by reasoning that agendas/minutes are posted on its website? To me, it does not meet the requirement that the public’s business be conducted in an open a manner as possible. A: If you have a request on file, the body should be sending her a notice/agenda packet rather than simply requiring you to consult the website or

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A&A: Does A Closed Session Employment Termination Decision Violate the Brown Act?

Q: After four years of service as the Library Director of the City’s Public Library, I found out yesterday that I am to be terminated from this position. The decision took place during a special meeting of the Library Board. I was at the meeting, but not invited to attend the closed session. The meeting was agendized as “Public Employee Evaluation—Library Director “ and made no mention of possible disciplinary action. I received no noice

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A&A: Should school superintendent’s goals be made in closed session?

Q: Our City Council sets the City Manager’s goals in open session. The goals are public. The evaluation of the City Manager in meeting goals in done in closed session. In contrast, the School Board sets  goals for the Superintendent’s in closed session. Recently, the new superintendent made her goals available on the District web site. The Board President thanked her in a public column for choosing to be transparent since the goals are an

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A&A: Closed Sessions of City Council Meetings

Closed Sessions of City Council Meetings Q: Where I live, the city council has the closed session portion of the meeting first.  This leads the public to believe things on the agenda are being voted on and the decision is made on the item, before the public has the opportunity to comment on the item. Is this legal i.e. holding closed session first?  If this is not legal, what California laws were violated? A: The Brown

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The Bagley-Keene Act (text of the law updated 2012)

Government Code Section 11120-1113 (Updated version of the law through 2012) 11120. It is the public policy of this state that public agencies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and the proceedings of public agencies be conducted openly so that the public may remain informed. In enacting this article the Legislature finds and declares that it is the intent of the law that actions of state agencies be taken openly and

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L.A. City Council watchdog alleges electricity rates boosted without legal notice

A Los Angeles citizen has claimed that the city council passed electricity rate hikes without 72 hours notice required under the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law. -db LA Weekly April 23, 2010 By Dennis Romero ​Longtime City Council gadfly Joyce Dillard has sent letters to council president Eric Garcetti and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich alleging that the city illegally passed its electricity rate hikes last week without proper public notice — 72 hours in

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A&A: What rules must public meetings follow regarding agendas and notice?

Q:  I chair the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to the Water District Board. A member of the public attends and harasses the Board accusing them of not following precisely Robert’s Rules of Order at District noticed and agendized Board meetings. Is he correct? A:  As you probably know, in California the Brown Act governs meetings of “legislative bodies,” which usually includes advisory committees such as the one you describe, and would certainly cover meetings of the Water

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A&A: Special meeting and the Brown Act

Special meeting and the Brown Act Q: The Brown Act reads in part Section 54954.3 of education code: “Every notice for a special meeting shall provide an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the legislative body concerning any item that has been described in the notice for the meeting before or during consideration of that item.” I have argued with the Secretary of the Oakland School Board that when the Brown Act

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Changing Regular Meetings to Special Meetings

Changing Regular Meetings to Special Meetings Q: The local school district has changed its regular school board meetings to special meetings, and has switched the upcoming regular meetings to special meetings for the next 2 months.  The board is not providing time for public comments on matters related to policies, programs or services provided by the district at the special meetings.  Can the school district switch its regular meetings to special meetings for consecutive months

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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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A&A: “Amended” agenda for public meeting

“Amended” Agenda must meet 72-hour notice rule Q: Recently, I attended a local school board meeting in which an “Amended” Agenda was made available for the public after the regular agenda had already been published. This “amended” agenda was made available less than 72 hours before the meeting. Is this procedure OK? A: California Government Code section 54954.2(a) requires the legislative body of the local agency to post an agenda at least 72 hours before

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