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63 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 153 Discussing Employee Workload and Establishing New Positions in Closed Session(1980)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 63 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 153 Opinion No. 79-1207 February 26, 1980 THE HONORABLE DAVID G. KELLEY THE HONORABLE DAVID G. KELLEY, Assemblyman, Seventy-Fifth District, has requested an opinion on the following question: Under the provisions of The Ralph M. Brown Act, are the following subjects legitimate subjects for executive sessions by the governing body of a local agency: (a) establishment of new administrative positions; (b) the

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Former Southern California bank vice president claims request for public officials’ salaries led to his firing

A Riverside man claims the bank that employed him fired him for taking an interest in local politics on his own time by attending a public meeting of the City Council to ask about pay of public officials. The former bank vice president said in the meeting he had not made any accusations but said that the City Council and city manager could increase public confidence by disclosing their compensation including benefits and other perks.

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Closed Session Performance Evaluations

Closed Session Performance Evaluations Q: On the City Council agenda it states under closed session: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 and 54957.6, the City Council will meet with the City Administrator, to hold performance evaluations and consider the salaries for the Director of Parks and Trees, the Director of Community Development and Public Works ….. All department heads are up for evaluation and they are wanting salary increases. All department heads are also contract

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A&A: Circumstances for closed meetings

Circumstances for closed meetings Q: For what reasons can a legislative body have a closed meeting? A: Meetings of any “legislative body” of a “local agency” as those terms are defined in California Government Code sections 54592 and 549451, respectively, may hold closed sessions for the following reasons: —To discuss and decide whether an applicant for a license or license renewal who has a criminal record is sufficiently rehabilitated to obtain the license (Gov’t Code

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A&A: Closed sessions under the Brown Act

Closed sessions under the Brown Act Q: Members of my school board choose new members as they leave the board. Can this School Board have closed sessions to discuss and decide which new Board member to elect to the Board or do these have to be public discussions? A: If the board of the public charter school is a “legislative body” under the Brown Act, it is subject to the Brown Act and can discuss

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Citizen sets deadline for school district in delivering overdue salary records

Under California law, government agencies have ten days to fulfill public information requests, but as of last week, in response to a citizen’s inquiry, the Glendale Unified School District has not supplied full records of employees who make more than $100,000. -DB Glendale News Press November 23, 2009 By Max Zimbert GLENDALE — Brian Ellis’ months-long quest for a list of Glendale Unified School District employees who make more than $100,000 per year remains unfulfilled.

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A&A: Closed meeting and the Brown Act

Closed meeting and the Brown Act Q: I’m thinking about writing a letter of cure/correction regarding a pattern of what appear to be Brown Act Violations. The district acted to correct the June 19 violation. According to a story we published previewing a meeting this past Tuesday, July 3: “After closed session on Tuesday, the board is scheduled to convene in open session to vote on ‘Amendment #11’ to the chief’s contract, according to the

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SacBee calls for more transparency in compensation agreements with public employee unions

The Sacramento Bee, in an editorial in today’s paper about Vallejo’s bankrupcy, backs the idea of legislation to shine some light on compensation contracts between municipalities and public employee unions. The editorial cites an article by CFAC’s executive director. Here’s the SacBee editorial: —– Editorial: Let public in on government labor deals Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Peter Scheer, who heads the California First Amendment Coalition, has a novel idea: End the

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Federal court supports removing government ban on Black Lives Matter masks

A federal appeals court ruled that employees at the Allegheny County Port Authority could wear Black Lives Matter masks at work, stating that “the government may limit the speech of its employees more than it may limit the speech of the public, but those limits must still comport with the protections of the First Amendment.” They ruled the port authority shouldered the burden of proving that the policy did not violate free speech rights and

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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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Tulare County supervisors rescind secret pay raise after newspaper expose

A secret decision last September by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to raise its own pay generated angry public reaction after it was revealed in January. This week the board reversed itself, the Visalia Times-Delta reported. – DR Board of Supervisors rescinds raises Supervisors vote to make pay-increase process more public BY VALERIE GIBBONS • vgibbons@visalia.gannett.com • February 11, 2009 Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to rescind its controversial 4.56 percent

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A&A: Can employment negotiations be held in closed session?

Q: I submitted your Brown Act template regarding a closed meeting. The city attorney response was that it was ok to meet secretly to discuss other terms and conditions of employment with representatives of  “.. .recognized employment organizations . . .” Government Code Section 3505.  Please clarify. A: The Government Code section you mentioned requires: “[t]he governing body of a public agency, or such boards, commissions, administrative officers or other representatives as may be properly

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San Diego ACLU challenges alleged violations of college employees’ free speech rights

In a letter to the Southwestern College president, the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego urged him to repudiate his actions restricting a peaceful demonstration on campus to protest budget cuts. -DB ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties Press Release November 9, 2009 Saying that a public college “must uphold the highest possible commitment to freedom of speech and exchange of ideas,” the ACLU sent a demand letter to Southwestern College’s president expressing serious

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School documents and lost records

School documents and lost records Q: Generally, are there any school district budget documents, reports, salary compensation information, etc. that are not accessible to the public? I put in a Request for Public Records to view a permit plan and Building & Safety lost the plans within one week of receiving them. What recourse do I have? A: In response to your inquiry below, school districts are subject to the Public Records Act disclosure requirements,

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Tulare County supervisors secretly vote pay raise, announce it nearly 4 months later

Tulare County supervisors voted pay raises for themselves and other county officials last September, but residents had no way to know what the board was up to. The agenda for the Sept. 30 meeting said merely that supervisors were considering “some changes” for employees. The decision wasn’t announced until January. In a Jan. 23 story, The Visalia Times-Delta said that “(b)y voting to raise the elected officials’ pay, the supervisors triggered a pay raise for

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Yuba City: Questions arise about possible open government violation in proposed raise for community college chancellor

The Yuba Community College District board may have violated California’s Brown Act which requires the board to hold discussions about salary increases in open session. -DB Daily Democrat Commentary January 28, 2010 By Erin Tracy A decision to approve a salary hike for the Yuba Community College District chancellor might be considered insult to injury for those impacted by budget cuts, but is also an apparent violation of the Brown Act. At its Jan. 20 meeting,

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Bell’s princely salaries result of fewer reporters on the beat

How did the city officials of Bell, CA, manage to convince the mostly low-income citizens of their municipality to fund such outrageously high salaries?  Writer Conor Friedersdorf at Forbes.com argues that the townspeople never agreed, they didn’t even know about the high salaries.  The reason? There was no watchdog reporter covering city hall. Why Every City Needs A Beat ReporterConor Friedersdorf, 07.29.10, 05:43 PM EDT …Each member of the city council was being paid six

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First Amendment Coalition & SacBee file suit for names of Sacramento County retirees with highest pensions

The Sacramento Bee and the First Amendment Coalition have filed a lawsuit to force the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System to release the names of all its retirees with pensions of over $100,000. -db The Sacramento Bee April 16, 2010 By Robert Lewis —The Sacramento Bee and the First Amendment Coalition on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court to compel the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System to release the names of retirees getting

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NASA considers changes in policies to favor whistleblowers

In response to criticism that scientists working for the National Aeronautical and Space Agency have been prevented from criticizing the agency’s operation and policies, NASA has agreed to draft policies that would grant their employees greater freedom of dissent. Under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, expanded in 1994, whistleblowers have been favored in only 3 of 206 cases filed in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The new policies would address the loopholes in

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