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Brown Act Violations
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by Mary Gilles, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park,
on Dec 14, 2010
Would someone who knows the answer and can reference the answer please tell us what are the consequences to Brown Act violations? After tonight's city council meeting on the topic, it wasn't clear if any more action was going to be taken and whether or not the public is entitled to know exactly what went on. There was mention in the paper last week of an intermediary and I, for one, would like to know who that was. It was not clear what type of investigation, if any, was going to take place, going forward. Is a sincere apology from Councilwoman Fergusson enough? If there are no consequences to Brown Act violations, then why do we go around pretending like a violation is serious. What is so serious about it if there isn't a serious consequence?
It seemed as though the council members were all wanting this to go away. Well, yes, it would be nice if it never happened and if the hullabaloo would just stop. But, if it just goes away, and we, the public, are left with unanswered questions, does anyone care? What, then, is the point of the Brown Act? Do we really need to know if council members are talking and making deals outside of the public purview with respect to city business? I care and I think so. Do you, Menlo Park?