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Citizen sets deadline for school district in delivering overdue salary records

Under California law, government agencies have ten days to fulfill public information requests, but as of last week, in response to a citizen’s inquiry, the Glendale Unified School District has not supplied full records of employees who make more than $100,000. -DB Glendale News Press November 23, 2009 By Max Zimbert GLENDALE — Brian Ellis’ months-long quest for a list of Glendale Unified School District employees who make more than $100,000 per year remains unfulfilled.

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Yuba City: Questions arise about possible open government violation in proposed raise for community college chancellor

The Yuba Community College District board may have violated California’s Brown Act which requires the board to hold discussions about salary increases in open session. -DB Daily Democrat Commentary January 28, 2010 By Erin Tracy A decision to approve a salary hike for the Yuba Community College District chancellor might be considered insult to injury for those impacted by budget cuts, but is also an apparent violation of the Brown Act. At its Jan. 20 meeting,

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A&A: State university won’t disclose student cafeteria workers’ pay

Q: I’m a  journalist at a state university where our student cafeteria came under fire from the administration over a party they’d hosted. A source told me that the student managers of the cafeteria were suspended without pay. I contacted the accounting department to request how much those students were paid per week over the past 2 months. I was referred to my school’s PR person, who said that that information  is not public record. Here’s what she told

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Yuba City: Action by community college trustees provokes dispute over open meeting violation

Some contend that a pay raise for the Yuba Community College district chancellor was made without observing California’s Brown Act. Today’s special meeting to reconsider the raise should remedy the problem. -db Appeal-Democrat February 3, 2010 By Ryan McCarthy A special meeting today for trustees to consider rescinding the pay raise for Nicki Harrington, chancellor of the Yuba Community College District, is not spurred by Tuesday’s protest, the college district spokesman says. “There was a

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California: Dispute about what Capistrano schools must do to rectify open meeting violation

Sam Capistrano resident Jim Reardon sued the Capistrano Unified School District  in March claiming the board held a closed door meeting to partially restore teacher salaries and failed to report their actions. Without acknowledging a violation of the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law, the board subsequently held a public meeting to discuss teacher salaries, but Reardon’s lawyer said to rectify a violation, the board needed to admit they  erred. -db From the Rancho Santa

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Government Employee Benefits Records

Government Employee Benefits Records Q: As a part of freedom of information act, government employees [names & amounts posted] receive their salaries and benefits which are sourced from funds that were generated from the tax base (tax-paying public). I want to know names and amounts of financial benefits (social services/housing) that each person in Santa Clara County receives, as those are also sourced from funds that were generated from the tax base (tax-paying public). Please

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A&A: Are government contractors’ 1099’s disclosable?

Q: I am considering a request for the 1099 form issued by a local agency to their general counsel. They are the worst violators of CPRA I have ever experienced. If I do not cite very specific statute and write the request so carefully that virtually all possibilities of misconstruction are eliminated, I will get a “no such records exist,” which is their default answer until they are challenged and provided “clarification.” A: Any qualifying

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A&A: Union representatives in closed labor negotiations

Union representatives in closed labor negotiations Q: Is it legal, and if so, which code can I refer to, to ask the teachers’ union president to come into our closed session under labor negotiations to give us a report only on what is being negotiated?  My reason for this is that we do not receive all the information from our negotiation team for the district so we are looking for a way to have the

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Brown Act violation charged in appointment of new Oxnard school superintendent

Brown Act violation charged in appointment of new Oxnard school superintendent Concerned parties questioned the process of appointing an interim superintendent for the Oxnard Union High School District. Under the Brown Act school boards may discuss and decide on an appointment in a closed session but not determine salary. -DB Ventura County Star June 11, 2009 By Cheri Carlson Oxnard Union High School District trustees named an interim superintendent Wednesday night, signing off on a

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63 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 153 Discussing Employee Workload and Establishing New Positions in Closed Session(1980)

Office of the Attorney General State of California 63 Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 153 Opinion No. 79-1207 February 26, 1980 THE HONORABLE DAVID G. KELLEY THE HONORABLE DAVID G. KELLEY, Assemblyman, Seventy-Fifth District, has requested an opinion on the following question: Under the provisions of The Ralph M. Brown Act, are the following subjects legitimate subjects for executive sessions by the governing body of a local agency: (a) establishment of new administrative positions; (b) the

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Taxpayers Going Postal Over Public Employee Pensions, Perks. Unions’ miscalculation: Opting for secrecy.

BY PETER SCHEER—For public employee unions–those representing police, firefighters, teachers, prison guards and agency workers of all kinds at the state and local level–these are the worst of times. Despite record high membership and dues, and years of unparalleled clout in state capitols, public sector unions find themselves on the defensive, desperately trying to hold on to past gains in the face of a skeptical press and angry voters. So far has the zeitgeist shifted

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Tulare County supervisors rescind secret pay raise after newspaper expose

A secret decision last September by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors to raise its own pay generated angry public reaction after it was revealed in January. This week the board reversed itself, the Visalia Times-Delta reported. – DR Board of Supervisors rescinds raises Supervisors vote to make pay-increase process more public BY VALERIE GIBBONS • vgibbons@visalia.gannett.com • February 11, 2009 Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to rescind its controversial 4.56 percent

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A&A: Closed meeting and the Brown Act

Closed meeting and the Brown Act Q: I’m thinking about writing a letter of cure/correction regarding a pattern of what appear to be Brown Act Violations. The district acted to correct the June 19 violation. According to a story we published previewing a meeting this past Tuesday, July 3: “After closed session on Tuesday, the board is scheduled to convene in open session to vote on ‘Amendment #11’ to the chief’s contract, according to the

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School documents and lost records

School documents and lost records Q: Generally, are there any school district budget documents, reports, salary compensation information, etc. that are not accessible to the public? I put in a Request for Public Records to view a permit plan and Building & Safety lost the plans within one week of receiving them. What recourse do I have? A: In response to your inquiry below, school districts are subject to the Public Records Act disclosure requirements,

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AG Opinion #99-301 Disclosure of County Officer’s Personal Tax Lien Details (1999)

OPINION of BILL LOCKYER, Attorney General; Anthony M. Summers , Deputy Attorney General No. 99-301 In the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California Filed August 6, 1999 THE HONORABLE H. PETER KLEIN, COUNTY COUNSEL OF MENDOCINO COUNTY, has requested an opinion on the following question: Is a county auditor-controller prohibited from disclosing to the public information regarding the amount of money deducted from an elected county officer’ s salary to satisfy

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California: Capristrano school board to rectify alleged open meeting violations

To forestall lawsuits alleging open meeting violations, the Capristrano Unified School District trustees will vote again on Wednesday to restore two days to the school calendar and part of the salary increase for teachers. School district watchdogs contended that a recent vote on these issues in closed session was not clearly delineated on an agenda and reported afterward. -db From the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch, March 14, 2011, by Penny Arévalo Full Story

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A&A: Can employment negotiations be held in closed session?

Q: I submitted your Brown Act template regarding a closed meeting. The city attorney response was that it was ok to meet secretly to discuss other terms and conditions of employment with representatives of  “.. .recognized employment organizations . . .” Government Code Section 3505.  Please clarify. A: The Government Code section you mentioned requires: “[t]he governing body of a public agency, or such boards, commissions, administrative officers or other representatives as may be properly

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A&A: Circumstances for closed meetings

Circumstances for closed meetings Q: For what reasons can a legislative body have a closed meeting? A: Meetings of any “legislative body” of a “local agency” as those terms are defined in California Government Code sections 54592 and 549451, respectively, may hold closed sessions for the following reasons: —To discuss and decide whether an applicant for a license or license renewal who has a criminal record is sufficiently rehabilitated to obtain the license (Gov’t Code

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Citizen complains Chico City Council violated Brown Act by not reporting salary perks out of closed meeting

When the Chico City Council approved the appointment of a new fire chief in a closed session August 25, they failed to include in a meeting agenda some perks added to the original contract. A citizen now wants the perks on the agenda in November so that the public could comment. -DB Chico Enterprise-Record October 8, 2009 By Mary Weston OROVILLE — A resident has complained that the Oroville City Council violated the Brown Act

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