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Davis-Stirling Act

Davis-Stirling Act Q: I am a resident of a city which is unique because the Community Association (14,000 + members) encompasses the entire City. When the City was created it granted a number of functionalities and services normally provided by a City to the Property Owners Association. The Property Owners Association claims to be exempt from the Brown Act so does not have to publish notifications ( agendas ) before executive sessions. They claim they

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Transparency arrives for Bannon fundraising efforts

The indictment of former Trump campaign consultant Stephen K. Bannon on charges of misappropriating money from online solicitations shows once again the need for transparency for this type of operation. Bannon and associates raised over $25 million from an online GoFundMe appeal to help build the wall on the southern border and put the money into a 501(c)(4) nonprofit WeBuildTheWall, not required by law to disclose donors or file campaign finance reports to the Federal

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A&A: The Brown Act and Charter Schools

The Brown Act and Charter Schools Q: A local public charter school has elected eight people to their Board of Directors this year. This is a public charter school. It is also a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation. The board of directors is self-selecting, self-electing. Each time a person was elected to the board, either as an interim officer (Treasurer) or as a new board member, the process was listed under Action Items on the Agenda. The

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A&A: Request denied for fire district celebration guest list

A small fire district board voted to approve paying up to $2,500 for district firefighters, graduates of the reserve academy and their guests (and apparently the Board members and their guests) to attend an ”Appreciation Dinner” at a rather expensive venue. At a previous district board meeting (February 2013), the fire chief told the board that he was going to pay $1,100 to rent the venue for the dinner ”because he’s allowed to spend up

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A&A: Charter schools and the Brown Act

Q: I’m writing a piece about charter school transparency requirements and want to make sure I understand the requirements for them to be subject to the Brown Act. Looking at A&A about charters it looks like a publicly-funded charter school is not subject to the Brown Act if there is no one on the governing board of the LLC or non-profit appointed by the funding agency (such as the Los Angeles Unified School District.) A: The Brown Act,

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A&A: Can A School District Bar The Public From School Closure Meetings?

Q: I am a parent of an elementary school student who is attending a public school being fast-tracked to close in 25 days. An important piece of this decison-making process is a report that is being written by a superintendent’s advisory committee. This committee has closed meetings and the school board allows this. I have asked for the public to be able to view the meetings, to observe, but this has been denied. The superintendent’s

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Brown Act Primer: Access to Meetings

RESOURCES Access to Meetings Accessing Public Meetings: The Ralph M. Brown Act FAC Brown Act Primer Download FAC’s Brown Act Primer Table of Contents   California Brown Act Primer I. Introduction Note: This primer was created in 2006 The Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code sections 54950-54963, referred to as the “Brown Act”) is intended to provide public access to meetings of California local government agencies. Its purpose is described in the Act: “The people

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A&A: Is a Coordinating Committee exempt from the Brown Act?

Q: The elected Community Advisory Group, created under the Planning Department of my County, convenes a coordinating sub-committee to review the Advisory Group’s standing rules. The Coordinating Committee chairman does not follow Brown Act obligations (e.g. requirements for notice, agenda, etc.) because he maintains that the Committee is Ad Hoc. Is the Coordinating Committee subject to the stipulation of the Brown Act?  [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#3df60e” color=”#0b0707″ size=”5″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”0″ desc=”Click Here!” class=”div

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A&A: Redevelopment Agency becomes “private corporation” not covered by Brown Act?

Q: Two years, ago, our city manager created a private, non-profit corporation in an effort to replace the city’s soon-to-be defunct redevelopment agency. The CEO is an Asst. City Manager and the Board of Directors are comprised of former city council members and other on various city commissions, etc. Plus, the RCDC uses city planning and other staff for its meetings,etc. Citizens have repeatedly asked for information pertaining to the business they are conducting, but

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A&A: Advisory committee subject to Brown Act?

Advisory committee subject to Brown Act? Q: If the air quality district appoints an advisory committee to oversee an air toxics program that will go on for 2-3 years, and it has no members from the Board of Directors (only staff, public citizens), are their meetings subject to the Brown Act? If so, do all the notice, public comment rules apply? A: Assuming that the “advisory committee” were created by a “charter, ordinance, resolution or

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A&A: Is the list of employees taking voluntary buyouts a public document?

Q: I am a reporter covering the public district hospital. I want to know if a list of 74 employees who accepted voluntary buyouts is a public document. I requested this list from the hospital’s PR person, and she said she would provide it only on condition that I promise not to publish the names. I probably won’t use more than a few names (for people I might quote), but if the document is public,

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Charter schools and the CPRA

Charter schools and the CPRA Q: Are California Charter Schools considered a California State agency and subject to the California Public Records Act? A: We are not aware of any California court cases specifically addressing the Public Records Act as it relates to charter schools.  Under the Public Records Act, a public record includes “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or

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A&A: How does the Brown Act Apply to ‘Ad Hoc’ Versus ‘Standing’ Committees?

Q: Please explain how the Brown Act applies to “ad hoc” versus “standing” committees of municipal government-appointed commissions. As a threshold matter, California’s Ralph M. Brown Act applies to any committee of a legislative body that is empowered to make decisions, rather than simply advise.  It is only advisory committees that may be exempt from the Brown Act. See Gov. Code section 54952(a)-(b). As to advisory committees, the Brown Act applies to “standing committees,” but not to “ad hoc

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A&A: Are School Board Committee Meetings Subject to the Brown Act?

Q: I am a parent who submitted an application to run for the Parent Representative position at my child’s Charter school. The elections committee deemed me unqualified under their recently changed bylaws (amended after the application deadline). I requested to attend Election Committee meetings, and was told they are not subject to Brown Act. I submitted a PRA for all minutes and communications from Election Committee meetings, and was told there were not records responsive

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A&A: Are a city manager’ meetings with his staff covered by the Brown Act?

Q: Recently I learned our City Manager approved the implementation of a significant change to a public fee-paid service without presenting it for a city council review or approval, thus also without ever notifying the affected public as a whole or the media of the change. Impacted residents were individually notified to comply with the change only when their turn came up in a multi-year implementation plan. As his authority for doing so, the CM cites

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A&A: Charter schools and the CPRA

Q: I submitted a CPRA to the Charter School my child attends. I attached a table of 36 sets of board meeting minutes that were either completely missing from the school’s webpage, or were incomplete draft versions. These missing minutes span three years. The minutes that are missing surround major events that took place such as controversial board member resignations, votes to amend bylaws, votes that involved irregular activities and potential conflicts of interest and self-dealing.

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To keep town government open, Los Gatos farms out Music in the Park

Concerned about decisions made without public notice, Los Gatos has opted to turn over their Music in the Park program to a nonprofit group Music & Arts. -DB Los Gatos Weekly-Times March 11, 2009 Editorial In the news media, we take the Brown Act very seriously. If council members were to discuss a topic not on the agenda, we’d be all over them. If the planning commission were to meet without proper notice to the

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A&A: Non-profit committee receiving state and private grants subject to Brown Act?

Non-profit committee receiving state and private grants subject to Brown Act? Q: I’m a disability activist parent on a non-profit committee sponsored by the public schools, receiving state grants and private grants. I feel the meetings, which we advertise in the newspapers, should be open to journalists and that our budget info is public information. Others on the board want to keep things hush-hush. Do we have a right to keep our financial info private?

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A&A: Park & Rec “advisory committee” keeping its advice secret

Q: 1. Can the (recently appointed) president of a Park and Recreation board form a “Management Committee” without approval of the full Board when one of the (two) members of said Committee is a public member? 2. This “Committee” met with representatives of several public and possibly private (non-profit) organizations without publically reporting who they met with, when, or the topic of discussion. We do know they met with an individual associated with an individual

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Study intensifies debate over definition of journalist

A research report published by Free Press in October of 2013 argues that limiting a shield law to professional journalists ignores the realities of new technology that puts the tools of reporting into the hands of ordinary citizens. In his report Josh Stearns cites a number of instances of people committing acts of journalism including 19-year-old Karina Vargas who recorded the Oscar Grant shooting in the Fruitvale station in Oakland, California and then refused to

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