Watchdog Calls Out Garden Grove for Withholding Records

The First Amendment watchdog group and NFOIC affiliate member, Californians Aware is calling on the Garden Grove City Council to publicly apologize under threat of legal action for a violation of the state's open meetings law, after it withheld an investigative report on the fire department last week.

At the Oct. 14 City Council meeting, council members received a written report investigating management issues in the fire department.

The highly-anticipated report, which council members said would be disclosed at the meeting, details a lack of confidence in former Fire Chief Dave Barlag and frustration at the hiring of Mayor Bruce Broadwater's son Jeremy as a firefighter. Continue>>>