OPEN MEETINGS -- The North County Times reports that in Oceanside a Tri-City Medical Center board member has asked for a special meeting "as soon as possible" to discuss the legality of a recent closed meeting that resulted in sweeping changes at the public hospital.

In a letter addressed to board Chairwoman RoseMarie Reno, dated Tuesday, Trustee Ron Mitchell asks for a new special meeting to discuss a meeting held Thursday. At that meeting, four board members voted to fire the board's attorneys, hire different attorneys, put seven members of the hospital's executive team on administrative leave and hire a forensic accountant to examine the hospital's finances.
    Mitchell's letter asks for a meeting to discuss each of the actions taken and requests more information on malpractice coverage for individual board members.
    Mitchell . . . said Monday that he believes the closed-session meeting held Thursday violated several provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which requires public agencies to conduct business in public meetings for which the community has been given proper notice.