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Afghan journalists imperiled

The Taliban is raiding the homes of journalists prompting one radio and TV director to go into hiding. The Taliban raided the Kabul home of Zalmay Latifi seizing cars and licensed weapons and then the next day two desktop computers. (Committee to Protect Journalists, August 24, 2021) Journalists are joining the thousands of Afghans trying to flee the country in spite of the Taliban’s pledge to respect the role of the media in correcting the

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A&A: How Can We Obtain Criminal Charges Against Our Community Service District for Violations of the Brown Act?

Q: We are requesting assistance in criminally prosecuting Community Service District (CSD) members and General Manager for multiple past and ongoing violations of the Brown Act. A: Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual representation through this hotline, nor can we provide specific legal advice. If you are looking for an attorney to represent you, a good place to look would be the County Bar Association’s lawyer referral service. We can, however, provide you with general legal

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A&A: Can a California City Council Cut Public Comment Time with No Notice Before Meeting?

Q: At the last two City Council meetings, the agenda has announced a three-minute time limit per person for public comments. Then, at the start of the meeting, this has been reduced to two minutes. I’ve reviewed (to the best of my ability) relevant case law that allows for deviations from the Brown Act when there is a lengthy agenda, or where the city’s Rules and Procedures outline that speakers can be given “up to”

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A&A: Emailed Public Comments Were Not Read as Promised at Board of Supervisors Meeting Closed By Coronavirus

Q: I requested that two statements be read on the public record at a County Board of Supervisors meeting. This board met in spite of the fact that the meeting was closed to the public due to Coronavirus pandemic, and they stipulated that emailed statements would be read and failed to do so. What is my recourse, if any? A: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom issued executive orders N-25-20 and N-29-20, which temporarily suspend any Brown Act requirements “expressly or impliedly

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A&A: Did the Board chair violate the Brown Act by refusing public comment, holding a closed session?

Q: Today during a county government meeting the Chair instructed board members to have a closed-door meeting outside the public board meeting. Is this a Brown Act violation? The bylaws for the board states the board will hold an election every two years in October to elect a new chair. The board has been requesting the Chair since last October to hold the election. In today’s meeting they pushed the issue and she told the

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