Allegations of sexual harassment, Brown Act violations in Ventura County

March 17, 2022

Michael Powers

By KAREN VELIE

Amid allegations of sexual harassment, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors placed Executive Officer Mike Powers on leave last week, though the board allegedly failed to properly report the action leading to Brown Act violation complaints.

An outside investigation found “a preponderance of the evidence” substantiated a county employee’s claim that Powers, 30, sexually harassed her by asking her out and kissing her in the office, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn. The employee also accused Powers of calling her a “racially insensitive nickname.”

Powers has disputed the allegations.

On March 8, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to place Powers on administrated leave during a closed session meeting. Even though government agencies are required to list the reason for a closed session item on their agenda and announce any action taken after the vote, Ventura County officials did neither.

The Ralph M. Brown Act was passed in 1953 because of mounting concerns that government bodies were avoiding scrutiny by meeting secretly. The act, which has been amended and strengthened in the years since, guarantees the public the right to attend and participate in meetings of legislative bodies, to have forewarning of discussion items through posted agendas, and forbids a majority of board members from discussing government issues in private.

Powers suddenly resigned on March 10.


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JamesD

I made a complaint to the President of our CSD out in Ground Squirrel Hollow after I called the GM about issues within the District and the GM went on calling me a “f……moron, are you just stupid, your a f……a……” and saying “why don’t you just die and go away,” before he hung up. He yelled so loud my wife asked who that was and was appalled at his lack of professionalism. The President said the GM admitted it and the least my wife would get an apology, never happened, and the Board would meet in closed session to discuss his actions. There was never a closed session on the agenda and nothing in the Minutes. A few meetings ago the President stated if it’s not in the minutes it did not happen.


Michael A.

According to Transparentcalifornia.com Mr. Powers pay package costs taxpayers $539,000.00 annually.

Think of the tax burden that could be alleviated if hundreds of these overpaid bureaucrats could be excised from employment! Come on girls, get busy!


Jorge Estrada

Oh dear, here we go again.


kayaknut

On PAID vacation…I mean leave?