D.A. finds that L.A. County supervisors violated open meetings law

January 31, 2012 8:53 AM

From L.A. Now:

Los Angeles County supervisors violated the law last fall by holding a closed-door meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss a plan to shift nonviolent state prisoners to county jail and supervision after release, according to the county district attorney's office.

Attorneys for the Board of Supervisors had claimed the secret meeting was necessary because the state's so-called "realignment" plan constituted a potential threat to public services. But in a letter dated Jan. 24, Jennifer Lentz Snyder, assistant head deputy district attorney, said the meeting should have been held in open because the information discussed did not pose a specific enough public threat.

For more, see this editorial from the Los Angeles Times.