Search Results for: 54953.5(a) recording

A&A: Tape recordings of meetings

Q: I want to listen to a tape recording of a meeting of the Fire District Board of Directors (they are elected). I have been told the recording is not public record. Don’t they have to make it available for 30 days? A: Yes, Code sec. 54953.5(b) requires agency to keep any recordings for at least 30 days and to treat such recordings as public records unless and until they are erased or destroyed (which

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A&A: Does Brown Act allow public meeting recordings to be destroyed?

Q: We are a small community of citizens trying to find our way dealing with a public board that we believe gave us no equal consideration. We are seeking assistance in requesting copies of e-mails from a county board. We believe that the decision made during a meeting was a result of a Brown Act violation that occurred prior to the board meeting. Also we are trying to get a copy of the recording that

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A&A: Agency terminates audio recording of meetings without notice

Q: A local agency just reformed and it started to audio record it meetings and make them available to the public. I obtain one for a missed meeting. Then skipped a meeting, relying on the availability of the recording, only to be told afterwards, that the staff person did not record the meeting on direction of one of the members. I would like to see them continue. Brown Act relevancy? [su_button url=”https://firstamendmentcoalition.org/legal-hotline” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#be322a”

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A&A: Can a School Board Restrict Recording of a Meeting to a Designated Area?

Q: Can a school board allow the public to record the meeting only from a certain designated area in the back of the room? Or can a person record from their seat outside the designated area if they are not disrupting the meeting at any time? A: Cal. Gov. Code § 54953.5 provides: “Any person attending an open and public meeting of a legislative body of a local agency shall have the right to record

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A&A: Barring the Media from recording an Open Meeting

Q: Can a Home Owners Association Board of Directors prohibit a member of the press from recording the events during the open session of the monthly meeting in which the press was invited by a group of home owners? A: In response to your inquiry below, the threshold question is whether or not the home owners association you reference is subject to the California open meetings law, the Brown Act.  Under Government Code section 54952(c),

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A&A: Brown Act and Home Owners Associations

Brown Act and non-profit organizations Q: Our HOA is non-profit California Corporation and my wife last night tried to video tape a meeting that I could not make, and security told her to stop and she complied. It is my understanding that the Brown Act applies to HOA’s from this site, I believe. Is this true, did the HOA do something illegal last night in denying my wife access of videotaping? She did not make

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A&A: Can Local Government Hold Public Meetings in A Federal Building Where No Cameras Are Allowed?

Q: Is it legal for a body subject to the Brown Act to hold their regular meeting in a federal building where we have been told to take our cameras back to our cars? A:  As a preliminary matter, there is nothing in the Brown Act that would prevent a legislative body from holding a meeting at a location different from where the legislative body typically meets.  That said, there may be a local ordinance or

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A&A: Urgent meeting scheduled for July 4 seemed to circumvent the public process

Q: Our municipality has filed for bankruptcy. As part of this ongoing nonsense the town officials have been doing what ever they can to be sneaky and underhanded. Recently they held a special meeting on July 4. The meeting was to transfer money from a special tax fund for a purpose specifically excluded from use by the bond measure. Since the shortfall in the fund to receive the money had been known for two months, urgency is not really a good reason for

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Videotaped of open meeting and reproduction

Videotaped of open meeting and reproduction Q: Re: CPRA request for audio taped record of open meeting: I have submitted a request for copies of tapes made of 3 open hospital board meetings, held within 3 weeks of each other. I submitted the request well before 30 days had passed from the first meeting, and before the minutes had been transcribed or approved by the board (in fact, the minutes have not yet been published

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A&A: City Council editing public meeting videos

Q:  I went to a Police Commission hearing to file a complaint with the police department.  I spoke from a prepared speech. No one did a thing. At the end of the meeting no one addressed my request for a proper complaint. I then asked the chief of police three times for a complaint. He had an officer escort me into an interrogation room. They took my contact information. No recording as required or the triplicate form. I go online and

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A&A: Do I Have a Right to Remain Anonymous During Public Meetings Held on Zoom During the Pandemic?

Q: I’ve attended some meetings of a local government in California recently and they’ve started using Zoom to conduct the meetings because of the local COVID-19 public health orders. I’ve set up my Zoom sign-on to identify me as “John Q. Public,” which as you can probably guess isn’t my real name. But they do know who I am. However, at the beginning of the Zoom meetings the district secretary has gotten into the habit

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A&A: Right to Videotape School Board Meetings

Right to Videotape School Board Meetings Q: Yesterday, I videotaped a School District Board Meeting and I was under the understanding that citizens are allowed to videotape as specified under the Government Code Section 54954.3, the Brown Act. After the meeting, I was approached by two district personnel, one of them being the district superintendent. Both of them told me I could not videotape the meeting. The superintendent specifically said that her and the School

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Requesting Audio Tapes, Time of Response

Requesting Audio Tapes, Time of Response Q: During a meeting of the Executive Committee of a Neighborhood Council, I requested copies of the audio and video tapes taken of the meeting because of objectionable comments made about me by one of the board members.  I was told during that meeting by the committee members that I could have copies and would be contacted shortly with information as to cost.  I was not contacted.  At the

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Copies of Tapes for Public Record Requests

Copies of Tapes for Public Record Requests Q: Re: CPRA request for audio taped record of open meeting: I have submitted a request for copies of tapes made of 3 open Hospital Board meetings, held within 3 weeks of each other. I submitted the request well before 30 days had passed from the first meeting, and before the minutes had been transcribed or approved by the Board (in fact, the minutes have not yet been

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A&A: Can they deny my request for a video of a meeting that was streamed live?

Q: I have been denied my request for a copy of a videotape of a Town Hall Meeting that was streamed live over the Internet.  They claim they can not release the video for personnel reasons I was also denied access to the County Sheriff Department’s “Pink Slips,” which are held in the reception office of the department. These documents are made available to the local paper – but not to me? This does not seem

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A&A: Homeowners Associations Prohibition on Videotaping

Homeowners Associations Prohibition on Videotaping Q: The Board of Directors of my Homeowners Association has passed a new rule (in an open meeting and after a 30 day notice) to prohibit taping of Board Meetings by members of the HOA.  It is not clear whether “The Brown Act” applies in this case.  I do not know how to determine if “The association is (was) created by an elected legislative body in order to exercise authority

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A&A: When is it okay to videotape a meeting?

Q: I’m a local news stringer. I attended a community meeting. Did I have a legal right to videotape this meeting? Were my rights violated? Or was I in the wrong? A: It is unclear from your email whether the community meeting was a meeting of a legislative body, which would be covered by California’s open meeting law, known as the Brown Act. The Brown Act applies to “legislative bodies,” which include commissions, committees, boards

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Destruction of Public Records

Destruction of Public Records Q: I’m a real estate attorney who is also a volunteer at a school district. Here is my immediate dilemma in a nutshell: Last night, the School Board acted on an agenda item to cease recording future closed sessions of their governing board. When the question was raised as to what would become of the existing audio tapes of closed sessions, the Board President announced that they would be immediately destroyed

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A&A: Taping of public charter school meetings curtailed by corporate owners

Q: I am  the parent of a child attending a public charter school. About a year ago when transparency appeared to be an issue, parents started to videotape school board meetings.  Currently two parents videotape the  board meetings using handheld cameras. No disturbance is made. Tapes are not edited and are posted on a Facebook page that is open to all. At a recent  board meeting, the CEO of the corporation that operates the public charter school announced that in

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The Brown Act (text of the law updated 2013)

Resources Access to Meetings Text of The Ralph M. Brown Act Government Code Section 54950-54963   (Updated 2013) Visit the California Legislature website for the most current text. Access here. 54950. In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be

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