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A&A: Video Tapes, Free Speech, and the Brown Act

Video Tapes, Free Speech, and the Brown Act Q: To comply with the Brown Act, our City Council has separate Oral Communication periods; there are periods for Agenda Items, and Non-Agenda City Business. In our past election cycle during the 2-minute Non-Agenda Item Orals a video tape of a candidate was played. Video tapes are allowed to be used by speakers. The City Council is now considering banning any video ad for a City Council

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A&A: What are the rules rescheduling a regular board meeting?

Q: Can a board president or staff member change a regular board meeting without board approval? A: The Brown Act provides that “[e]ach legislative body of a local agency, except for advisory committees or standing committees, shall provide, by ordinance, resolution, bylaws, or by whatever other rule is required for the conduct of business by that body, the time and place for holding regular meetings.” Gov’t Code § 54954. Changing the time or place for

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A&A: Doesn’t the Brown Act require regularly scheduled meetings?

Q: The Board of Directors are constantly postponing regular meetings to accommodate a board member’s busy schedule. They have not set up a calendar for the year with a consistent time or day of week, for example, every second Thursday at 4:00 pm. This month, they have not scheduled a regular meeting due to waiting on a board member’s ability to find an open day to attend. I’m looking for more detailed language of the requirement

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A&A: Regular meetings and varying times/locations

Regular meetings and varying times/locations Q: May a city council hold the regular meetings in two different places at varying times? A City Council has been starting meetings in one room, then the mayor’s conference room for study session, interviews, or closed sessions, and then adjourns that meeting and move to the City Council Chambers for the remainder.As the Brown act says the meeting shall be at the time and place set by ordinance, does

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A&A: Availability of agendas

Q: What is the obligation of a body that is required to comply with the Brown Act with regards to informing the public of how to access their agendas and minutes? Direct requests to the body for agendas and minutes has been ignored.  Is there a procedures or process that public citizens should be aware of? A: The Brown Act does not require government bodies to keep minutes. However, under section 54957.5 of the Brown

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A&A: Board member sent out email supporting project coming up for a board vote

Q: The School Board is trying to accuse one trustee of a Brown Act violation because he sent out an email in support of a project they were going to be voting on in the near future. The email went to all trustees as well. None of them responded and no discussion was made back and forth with this email. We do not think it is a violation, but need to know from an expert.

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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: Model Letters

Model Letters Q: I was wondering if, under “Model Letters” on the website, CFAC can provide a model letter in regards to a general Ralph M. Brown Act request of an agenda/agenda packet to an organization? I believe this would be helpful as it will communicate clearly to the receiver that they are legally mandated to do so. If this is request is being considered please have language that also addresses having it requested electronically

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A&A: May I request to have agendas mailed to me?

Q: Can I request to have an agenda mailed to me at the time of posting?  And what is the time frame? A: The Brown Act provides that: “[a]ny person may request that a copy of the agenda, or a copy of all the documents constituting the agenda packet, of any meeting of a legislative body be mailed to that person. . . . Upon receipt of the written request, the legislative body or its

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Voting on Multiple Budgets

Voting on Multiple Budgets Q: Redevelopmnt Agency agenda asks for 1 vote on 11 budgets for 11 redevelopment project areas. Does this conform to the Brown Act or should there be a 11 votes ? A: The Brown Act requires that, generally, a vote cannot be taken on items that are not on the agenda, and that the agenda must contain a sufficient description of each item to be voted on.  If the agenda lists

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