Articles Tagged With ‘Ralph M. Brown Act’




Supervisors accused of violating Brown Act

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County government watchdogs are accusing the Board of Supervisors of violating California’s Ralph M. Brown Act during a discussion last week on North County water issues that did not appear on the agenda. At... (Continue reading)

Brown pushing to make California Public Records Act compliance optional

California Governor Jerry Brown is proposing changes to the California Public Records Act that would allow local governments to opt out of compliance with certain aspects of the law. [LA Times] If approved, the proposal would allow local agencies and... (Continue reading)

California Public Record Act threatened by stealth amendments

REQUEST from the FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is gravely threatened by stealth amendments revealed for the first time yesterday as part of a “trailer bill” to the new state budget. Instead of the relatively minor... (Continue reading)

Oceano does background checks on activists

UPDATE: An attorney from the law firm of Hall, Hieatt & Connely explains why his firm ran a check through Westlaw’s PeopleMap at the bottom of this story. By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Oceano Community Services District’s former manager... (Continue reading)

Oceano under fire for Brown Act violations

By KAREN VELIE One of the leading open government attorneys in California served the Oceano Community Services District with an order last week to cease and desist violating the Brown Act or face litigation. The Ralph M. Brown Act, passed... (Continue reading)

Oceano board squelches public comment

By KAREN VELIE The public comment period during last week’s Oceano Community Services District Board meeting was squelched after the board inaccurately determined rules barring elected officials from speaking about personnel issues also extended to members of the public. Public... (Continue reading)

Oceano violates the Brown Act again

OPINION By JULIE TACKER At the Wednesday, March 14 Oceano Community Services District Board began their evening in what appears to have been a Brown Act violating St. Patrick’s Day dinner held in the board chambers for only staff and... (Continue reading)

Oceano accused of Brown Act violations

Oceano Community Service District Board members and administrative staff have been handed two threats of litigation because of alleged violations of open meetings laws that protect public access to information and participation. Several critics have filed or voiced complaints about Oceano’s... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill gets lectured on the First Amendment

The public comment period during this week’s San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting turned into a lecture on the First Amendment for 3rd District Supervisor Adam Hill. [New Times] Hill shut down comments from Los Osos activist Linde... (Continue reading)

Atascadero City Council shuts off dialog with public

OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER From now on, when Atascaderans give public comments during Community Forum at City Council meetings, they can no longer receive the customary and occasional responses from council and staff members allowed by California’s open meeting law.... (Continue reading)