OPEN MEETINGS -- An Imperial Beach City Councilman died Sunday. At a special meeting Wednesday night, at the mayor's suggestion, the council appointed a former mayor to fill the vacancy. 

But the meeting's posted agenda mentioned no more than the city manager's report on the appointment/election options, and the city clerk had taken out an ad in a newspaper announcing applications to be considered for the appointment. 

Some residents don't understand what the hurry was, reports the Voice of San Diego, and believe the surprise  appointment violated the Brown Act.