With California Brown (Act) out, is government there still in the sunshine?

Featured blog from NFOIC Executive Director Kenneth F. Bunting:

COLUMBIA, Mo. — County and school boards, city councils, public commissions and special district governing bodies in the state of California may well continue to hold their meetings in the figurative “sunlight,” as well they should.

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Californians Aware and Times sue Coliseum Commission for public records

From Courthouse News Service:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Times claims in court that a deal to privatize Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was negotiated behind closed doors, and that the Coliseum Commission blew off the newspaper's requests for public records.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for May 18, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Open meeting law needs looser definition

MASSACHUSETTS—At the risk of sounding like a geezer, I want to tell you a little about what it was like reporting on local government before there was such a thing as an open meeting law.

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LA supervisors, with governor, violate open meetings law: Just another oopsy? No biggie?

By KENNETH F. BUNTING

COLUMBIA, Mo. — It was so ho-hummedly and matter-of-factly reported that few would sense its importance when reading it.  

The district attorney’s office found that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors had clearly—and rather flagrantly—violated the state’s open meetings law when they met with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in a secret, closed-door meeting last fall to iron out details for moving thousands of state prison inmates to county jails.

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Open government lawsuit forces revote by county supervisors

From KFMB-TV:

The [San Diego] county Board of Supervisors has done an about face on a controversial land development vote, after a [Californians Aware] lawsuit claimed the Board violated California's open meeting law.

A spokesperson confirmed to News 8 that a re-vote will now be taken on rule changes aimed at streamlining land planning and development in San Diego County.

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