OPEN MEETINGS -- The Lodi News-Sentinel reports that, in response to an allegation of having violated the Brown Act, the Lodi City Council decided today to decertify the environmental impact report for a Wal-Mart Supercenter and reschedule a meeting to receive public comment on the report.

A private group, Citizens for Open Government, had filed a letter with the city on Jan. 6 stating that the group plans to sue because a Dec. 10 council meeting violated the state's public meetings law. The law — the Ralph M. Brown Act — dictates the rules of public meetings.
    The council certified Wal-Mart's environmental report at the Dec. 10 meeting.
    Citizens for Open Government argued that the city did not provide open access to the meeting because some of the 200 people who showed up had to wait outside for more than two hours for seats to open up inside the council's meeting place at Carnegie Forum.