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A&A: Brown Act Requirements and Prohibitions in Relation to Community College Governments

Q: This question relates to the Brown Act, which, pursuant to an Attorney General Opinion, applies to community college student governments. Recently, the student designated to post the notice of our student senate (our legislative body) meeting failed, because of illness, to post it by 3 p.m. Sunday for a meeting the following Wednesday at 3 p.m., though all members and advisors received e-mail copies on time. The agenda was late-posted by 9 a.m. on

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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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Tehachapi schools: Grand Jury details possible Brown Act violations

After Tehachapi, California citizens questioned the demotion of a middle school principal, the Kern County Grand Jury found that the school board limited public participation by failing to follow open government procedures. -DB KERO 23 ABC May 27, 2009 TEHACHAPI, Calif. — In response to several citizen complaints regarding the demotion of Jacobsen Middle School Principal Eric Trigueiro, the Health, Education and Social Services Committee 2008-2009 Kern County Grand Jury investigated the Tehachapi Unified School

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A&A: Closed Sessions under the Brown Act

Closed Sessions under the Brown Act Q: The Situation: the Board of Education for a local district meets in closed session without any prior notification to the public. It makes a personnel decision during that closed session and announces it to the public. Question: Is the unannounced closed session meeting in accordance with Brown Act or any other law?  If not, what are the legal ramifications of that meeting? A: The Brown Act recognizes a

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A&A: Non-Agenda Items, Emergency Items, and the Brown Act

Non-Agenda Items, Emergency Items, and the Brown Act Q: We may have a violation of the Brown Act. A non-agenda item was brought up and “deemed” an emergency and was voted upon. This after the City Attorney opened the meeting and stated that “the item” would not be discussed. The alleged emergency does not fit any of the emergency statements listed in the Brown Act. How does the public now pursue action against the city

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CA Sunshine Ordinances: Dixon (Initiative Petition for Measure N on Nov. 6, 2012 ballot)

Dixon’s Sunshine Ordinance, Measure N is on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Dixon in Solano County. According to Ballotpedia: Supporters of the initiative say, “This Initiative, if passed, will ensure governmental transparency. This Ordinance will go beyond the minimum requirements of the Brown Act and Public Records Act and will provide more and quicker access to information and greater public access to the workings of Dixon city government. This

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A&A: Charter board meetings flout Brown Act rules

Q: Can Charter Boards hold special meetings, with limited notice on just any subject? Can they go into closed session and report out publicly that no action was taken, then order the CEO to do what was decided in the closed session? Can a vote be taken to approve signature of a disclosure filing that contains conflict of interest information and then the board president refuse to sign it in a timely fashion? A: Addressing

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Sunnyvale: Grand Jury claimed city council violated state open meeting law

A Santa Clara County grand jury reported that the Sunnyvale City Council violated the Brown Act, California’s open government law by appointing an interim council member in 2009 without providing adequate public notice. -db San Jose Mercury News June 22, 2010 By John dugan The Sunnyvale City Council violated the Brown Act, California’s open government policy, when it appointed an interim council member in 2009 without providing proper notice to the public, according to a

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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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Orange County: Investigation uncovers alleged open government violations by school district

A PublicCEO reporter alleges that the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees has committed serious violations of California’s open government law, the Brown Act. -db PublicCEO Commentary February 2, 2010 By Chris Prevatt One of the most important duties for elected officials to perform is to be open and honest about their actions and to maintain their compliance with the minimal disclosure requirements of the Brown Act. It really isn’t that hard. The

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Los Angeles: Secret talks on fate of coliseum could foul up the deal

In holding closed meetings on a plan to turn  the publicly-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum over to the University of Southern California, the coliseum commission runs the risk of incurring the wrath of the citizens and violating the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. Open government experts say that they can legally close the meeting to discuss contracts and money but cannot forego soliciting public comment on other related issues as happened in this

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A&A: School Board Agenda Packets Availability

School Board Agenda Packets Availability Q: I have a question about access to school board agenda packets. My understanding is that districts only need to notice a meeting 48 hours in advance, but that school board packets become public record as soon as they’re sent to the trustees. The school district that I cover has asked that I wait until Monday to pick up board packets that are sent to the trustees Friday. Up to

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A&A: Describing a closed session

Describing a closed session Q: Is a school district obligated to describe the closed session subject in language understandable to the lay person? A: Government Code section 54954.2(a) provides that at least 72 hours prior to a regular meeting, the body must post an agenda containing a brief general description of each item to be discussed or transacted at the meeting, including items to be discussed in closed session. A “brief general description,” as the

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A&A: Parent’s email complaint entered as a public comment by school site council

Q: I am a member of our School Site Council. During a recent public comment period, our chairperson read aloud an email that contained a detailed complaint (disclosing the names of a staff member and the emailer’s child – neither of whom were present). Is it the case that we are obligated under the Brown Act to hear the full text of all emails directed to us as public comments, whether or not our committee

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A&A: How Do Citizens Know If Agenda Items Meet the Criteria for Closed Sessions Discussion?

Q: How does a member of the public know if matters taken up in the closed session portion of a meeting of a state body qualify under relevant law to be so classified? Do we have to take the agency’s word for it? At meeting this year of a committee of CalPERS pension fund, many topics that for years have been taken up in open meetings were moved to the closed meetings. This is an

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A&A: Incomplete labor exemption codes within School District closed session agenda

Q:I have continually requested the agenda labor exemption code be corrected for a closed session in our School District. The full exemption code is 54957.6(a), however they continue to list only 54957, leaving out the .6(a) portion. I believe accuracy would be better for transparency, and I want it to be legal as well. How can I ensure the school district employs the complete exemption code? [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#0e1685″ color=”#ffffff” size=”5″ wide=”yes” center=”yes” radius=”0″

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Incoming Superintendent Sitting in on Closed Session

Incoming Superintendent Sitting in on Closed Session Q: An incoming superintendent, his term does not being until June, was in on a closed session item on the appointment of a new principal last month. The incoming superintendent was the head of the search committee from the principal and it was his recommendation the board considered and approved. Was it legal for him to be in on the closed session item although his term as superintendent

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A&A: Closed City Council Meetings Outside Regular Meeting

Closed City Council Meetings Outside Regular Meeting Q: There is a standing meeting with the city staff the week before the City Council meeting. The meeting is intended to let the Chamber preview and comment on the council agenda. The meeting is closed to the public and is often attended by a Council member or two.  This stinks and is but one more example of the good old boy network that exist in this City. 

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Town council plans to end secrecy about agenda items for closed sessions

The St. Helena City Council adopted a resolution allowing for full disclosure of agenda details for closed sessions. The Napa County District Attorney’s office charged in December that the council violated the open meeting Brown Act in failing to notify the public of items under discussion in a closed meeting on a flood control project. -DB St. Helena Star Thursday, January 15, 2009 By Jesse Duarte ST. HELENA, Calif. – The City Council has adopted

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73 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 1 Disclosure Requirements for Closed Sessions on Real Estate Purchases (1990)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 73 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 1 Opinion No. 89-903 January 9, 1990 THE HONORABLE JAMES P. FOX DISTRICT ATTORNEY COUNTY OF SAN MATEO THE HONORABLE JAMES P. FOX, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, has requested an opinion on the following question: Would the adoption by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District of a resolution listing all parcels of real property larger than twenty acres within its

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