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Poll: Should All Public Agencies Post Meeting Agendas, No Matter Cost?

New rules under the Brown Act allow cities, counties and special districts to skip giving notice.

Fans of open government were shocked last month when the state Legislature amended the Ralph M. Brown Act to allow public agencies to forgo having to post meeting agendas in advance. The step was meant to save such agencies money. But many cities and school boards have announced they would continue the longstanding practice of posting agendas 72 hours before they meet. Should all public bodies make this pledge?

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Libi Uremovic July 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
i started doing an internal audit on the city of imperial beach and they are forging the check warrants, have a hidden payroll account, embezzling, falsifying the financial statements, etc...you can read about it here: http://libionline.net/index.html our finance director has resigned and i went to the city counsel meeting to tell them they have a duty of care not to put the city employees at risk....but they ratified the forged check warrants anyway and just keep sitting there acting like nothing is wrong.... i guess they're going to sit there until they're handcuffed and taken away like the city of bell's counsel ....o' well...
Lynn Marr July 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Craig, one of the PROBLEMS you have is your City Attorney, Glenn Sabine, who also just happens to be the (corrupt) City Attorney for the City of Encinitas. How I wish we could get him out of his appointed "office" as an independent contractor, not an "employee."
Komfort July 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The director of California’s state parks system resigned Friday after officials discovered that her department had $54 million in unspent money in its accounts that it had not reported to the state finance department, even while the state said parks were so short of money that many needed to be closed. Ruth Coleman, who had led the agency since 2003, stepped down, and the department’s second-in-command, Acting Chief Deputy Director Michael Harris, was fired. California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird said the state Attorney General’s Office will be investigating and the state Department of Finance will be conducting a comprehensive audit. “It’s our goal to make sure we get to the bottom of this,” Laird said. Laird said that the parks department had $20.4 million in an account that takes money from park entrance fees and concession contracts, and $33.5 million in the state’s off-highway vehicle fund, that the department had essentially kept shielded from the state finance department for more than a decade. The disclosure comes at a politically difficult time for Gov. Jerry Brown, who pushed for more than a year to close 70 state parks — one quarter of the entire park system — to save $22 million as part of efforts to balance the state’s budget. http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=142204
Ken Stone July 27, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Update: School boards and community college district governing boards have to obey the old Brown Act mandates because they are stipulated under the Education Code and other policies. So expect public school boards to post meeting notices 72 hours in advance, as in the past. More details: http://patch.com/A-w21j
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