Search Results for: 54954(a) agenda

A&A: Can California Agencies Continue to Hold Meetings Remotely After the State Reopens?

Q: I asked a water agency in California if it planned to continue holding meetings online after the state reopens this month, and it said that would not be legal under the Brown Act. Is that true?  A: The agency’s response that making public participation in agency meetings available online and through Zoom is “currently not legal under the Brown Act” is incorrect.   The agency does acknowledge that online meetings would not comply with the

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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: Obligation to post minutes if no action is taken

Obligation to post minutes if no action is taken Q: If a public school Board district holds a special meeting, are they required to post the minutes ASAP for 10 days after the meeting even if no vote was taken? The superintendent has told me no minutes need to be taken unless action or a vote was taken?This “Special Meeting” had one agenda Item listed and that was “Strategic Planning Session.” Public comment was allowed

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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: Public Official Event Attendance and Public Notice

Public Official Event Attendance and Public Notice Q: A City Councilman and City Clerk addressed the local Merchants Association without any public notice and with an “agenda” not made public and that other members of the City Council were not made aware of.  The “agenda” presented was to suggest to the Merchants Association that a redistricting of the business district to allow for retail only. No service industries such as Real Estate, Insurance and Mortgage

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San Jose City College community questions whether Board of Trustees violated state’s open meeting law

Concerned citizens in the City College community questioned whether the San Jose City College Board of Trustees allowed the public a chance to give their input on a salary increase hastily passed in an emergency meeting that some say was not announced 72 hours in advance -db City College Times Commentary May 12, 2010 By Charles Becker An emergency closed meeting held by the Board of Trustees on April 21 to discuss a salary increase

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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: Does Brown Act Allow Adding Agenda Items Less Than 72-Hours Before A Meeting?

Q: A California City Council originally released an agenda for its regular meeting without a closed session. Each agenda usually has a closed session heading listed at the end of the meeting — but the council doesn’t meet in closed session; it’s like a placeholder. On its action calendar, the council was scheduled to discuss and appoint a new interim city attorney. Three hours before the 7 p.m. meeting, the city clerk sent out an

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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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62 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 658 Meeting Notices for Legislative Bodies (1979)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 62 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 658 Opinion No. 79-811 October 31, 1979 THE HONORABLE PHILLIP D. WYMAN ASSEMBLYMAN THIRTY-FOURTH DISTRICT THE HONORABLE PHILLIP D. WYMAN, ASSEMBLYMAN, THIRTY-FOURTH DISTRICT, has requested an opinion on the following questions: 1. Under the provisions of section 54956 of the Government Code, must the legislative body of a special district give the 24 hour notice of a special meeting to the local

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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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