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Southern California: Santa Clarita library patron sues town over alleged open meeting violation

A frequent user of the Valencia Library in Santa Clarita filed a suit against the city claiming that a public discussion was necessary before the city decided to secede from the County of Los Angeles County Library system. -db KHTS AM1220 November 8, 2010 By Christopher Glotfelty Edward Shain, a Santa Clarita resident and frequent user of the Valencia Library, has filed a lawsuit against City officials, claiming that they decided to secede from the

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Alaskan senator warns TV stations not to run Tea Party ads

Claiming that the ads by the Tea Party Express in support of the Republican candidate, Joe Miller, carry false statements, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski warned TV stations that they will be held liable for running the ads. -db Alaska Dispatch October 4, 2010 By Joshua Saul The same day the Tea Party Express released the television ads it plans on running in support of Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, a lawyer representing write-in candidate U.S.

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A&A: State appointed School District Trustee violating Brown Act, CPRA

Q:  In October 2012 the State took over the school district and our School Board lost its authority. A State Trustee was appointed and he acts as the School Board. Our group has been monitoring the administration of the school district since April 2013. Since then we have observed numerous violations of the legislation authorizing the takeover of the school district SB 533, the California Education Code, the Public Contracts Code, the California Public Records

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Orange County: Open government group challenges city on alleged Brown Act violation

Californians Aware has sent a letter to Westminster claiming that the City Council took action on an item outside of public meetings and without proper public notice. -db PUBLICCEO.com Opinion May 6, 2010 By Chris Prevatt On Monday, May 3, 2010, Richard McKee acting on behalf of Californians Aware submitted a letter to the city of Westminster demanding that they rescind their action (the circulation of a joint letter signed by Council members Diep, Quach,

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A&A: How can I stop city from violating Brown Act during budget meetings?

Q: The city is having a budget meeting. The printed budget is over 500 pages and is divided into department sections. The Mayor prohibits public comment by department, instead he only permits public comment at the end of each day’s meetings, and then the public is limited to three minutes. I believe this is a Brown Act violation because each department should be considered a seperate agenda item. Am I correct. A: Under the Brown Act’s public

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A&A:Public comments on water rates closed, item still on agenda

Q: The current City Council Agenda contains the following item: “DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL ACTION ITEMS. Introduce and Waive the First Reading of One of the Three Ordinances Relating to Establishing Rates for Water Service Fees.” Here is the problem. We are not being allowed to comment about this item at all, even though it has been on multiple Agenda’s and postponed multiple times. The City Attorney says we can’t comment on it because the Prop

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California open government roundup: Water district to vote again to dispel allegations of Brown Act violations

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will take another vote in July on the Delta water tunnel to meet challenges to their previous vote that came after alleged serial closed-door contacts between MWD directors, the governor and the state Department of Water Resources. FAC issued a demand to cure and correct and cease and desist to MWD May 7. With Food and Water Watch California, FAC alleged MWD’s vote to support the project with

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A&A: Does the Brown Act allow closed session negotiations for all public school contracts?

Q: Does the Brown Act allow a publicly elected school board to hold closed session discussion under Government Code 54957 (Public Employee Appointment/Employment) and 54957.6 (Labor Negotiations) regarding the appointment and pay structure of a Director of Curriculum to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Both positions are administrative positions that report directly to the Superintendent of the District and do not report to, or have direct supervision by the board. The pay is set

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Eureka: City attorney investigating possible open meeting violation

The Eureka City Attorney is investigating a possible violation of California’s open meeting law, but an expert said that it was a procedural matter rather than a violation to ask a another member of the council to join in a meeting with staff. -db The Times-Standard December 15, 2010 By Allison White The Eureka City Attorney’s Office said it is investigating a complaint alleging the city council violated the state’s open meeting law last week

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A&A: Rules for public comment at council meetings

Rules for public comment at council meetings Q: I was at a public meeting and was recognized by the chair. This was during the Public Input of the agenda. I rose and began to question a board member. I was unable to complete my questions as the chair gaveled me down each time I tried to speak. I finally asked, “Are you denying me my right to speak?” He replied, “Yes!” and banged the gavel.

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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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FAC and Local Community Group Sue San Jose Over Secret Negotiations With Google

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC), joined by Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA), sued the city of San Jose to force the disclosure of secret details of its negotiations to sell valuable public land to Google. The suit, filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, seeks records under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) relating to the planned development of a massive new Google campus on city-owned property, including records about the city’s use of nondisclosure agreements

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FAC Urges California Courts to Ensure Public Access Amid COVID-19 Emergency

The First Amendment Coalition and 10 other advocacy organizations today called on the California judiciary to recognize and enforce the public’s First Amendment right of access to court proceedings as court operations change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Courts across California are halting proceedings, restricting access to buildings and holding some hearings telephonically, raising concerns that members of the public and the press, who are exempt from the state’s stay-at-home order, will face insurmountable

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FAC files Brown Act suit alleging pattern & practice of “notice” violations by LA City Council

FAC–The First Amendment Coalition has filed suit against the Los Angeles City Council over the Council’s failure to tell the public, in advance, that it was about to consider and vote on layoffs of thousands of government workers. FAC’s suit, claiming a “pattern and practice” of violations of the Brown Act, requests declaratory and injunctive relief. At issue is a City Council special meeting on February 18 at which the Council voted to reaffirm a

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Amador County: Water agency accused of open meeting violations

A citizens group is calling for an investigation of the Amador Water Agency board for possible Brown Act violations when they held private conferences on board elections. -db Ledger Dispatch February 5, 2010 By Matthew Hedger A local citizens group is asking the Amador Water Agency to seek legal counsel and investigate whether some directors violated provisions of the Brown Act by holding private discussions on board elections. A Jan. 13 letter signed by Vince DeStigter,

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A&A: School Board Closed Sessions with Administrators

School Board Closed Sessions with Administrators Q: The School Board meets in Closed Session and apparently regularly invites a “leadership team” of administrators into the Closed Session. The administrators are not necessarily there to answer specific questions that are on the agenda of the Closed Session, but to merely be there in case questions come up. I understand that board members who apparently know this to be a possible violation of the Brown Act, both

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A&A: Regulations on public comment

Regulations on public comment Q: Our City Council’s Law & Legislation Committee recently heard a proposal whereby the Chair (Vice Mayor), expressed her support for the measure, and restricted opposing testimony.  She allowed all those (dozen) in support to testify, and then limited opposition to 1 statement of 2 minutes.  All others who were signed up to testify were not allowed to.  She then browbeat the committee into not voting on the measure, and breaking

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A&A: Agency missed CPRA request deadline

Q: On August 18, 2010, I submitted a public records request. I received a response stating that they will take 60-90 days to provide the records. In GC 6250 …an extension can only be for 14 days. What do I do now? Who would I contact regarding this non-compliance? A: You are correct that California’s Public Records Act provides that records must be made available for inspection during an agency’s office hours and that copies

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