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L.A. Supervisors to openly OK their lobbying letters

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has quietly abandoned the practice of secretly signing all members’ names to letters sent to the Legislature and/or Governor expressing support or opposition to particular legislation. As can be seen in items 11 and 22 on...

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Public Forum Law Roundup

FREE SPEECH: L.A. Supervisors’ Names Can’t Stop Bill Protecting Speech at Public Meetings   Despite a last minute Chicken Little chorus signed personally by all Los Angeles County Supervisors, a bill backed by Californians Aware and others to stop local bodies from...

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AB 194: Protecting Citizen Speech at Public Meetings

The California Senate is poised, as early as this coming Monday, to vote on a bill that would end abuses and denials of citizens’ right to be heard at local government meetings. AB 194 by Assembly Member Nora Campos (D-San Jose) leaves councils, boards and commissions...

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Open Government

Prop 54 passes by 64 percent of Tuesday’s vote

The passage of Proposition 54 and both what it changes and why are well described here—with all the “woulds” to now be read as “wills”. Although the measure deals with legislative rules and procedures that never capture most Californians’ attention, the result will be...

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Open Meetings

Governor signs bill on local agency meeting agendas

A bill signed by Governor Brown requires local government bodies to link their meeting agendas to their websites’ home pages. AB 2257 by Assembly Member Brian Maienschein, signed by Governor Jerry Brown last Thursday, will beginning in January 2019 require local...

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More sunshine due on local government executive pay

Governor Brown yesterday (August 22) signed into law, effective January 1, an amendment to the Ralph M. Brown Act requiring local government bodies, prior to voting in open session to approve new pay or benefit levels for their agency’s executives, to “orally report a...

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CalAware Lawsuit Threat Leads to More Disclosure

A Brown Act lawsuit threat by Californians Aware against the City of Manhattan Beach, although withdrawn based on new information from City Attorney Quinn Barrow, has led to a policy of more complete disclosures on meeting agendas about what facts and circumstances...

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