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Editorial: Don't undermine the Brown Act

Original post made on Aug 6, 2012

California journalists and advocates of open government are rightfully concerned over the Legislature's suspension of an important provision of the Brown Act, the state's open meeting law.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 6, 2012, 8:37 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Observer, a resident of Woodside High School
on Aug 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Why not just reduce the amount authorized for reimbursement to (near)zero? In this age of automated publishing, the cost of posting is negligibly small. It makes sense to be frugal, even when hewing to public standards.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

The Town of Atherton has decided to continue to fulfill these notice requirements in spite of the state action - hopefully other local entities will do the same.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

" hopefully other local entities will do the same."

I wouldn't count on it Peter. Maybe initially, but when they figure out what they can get away with, it will go away in name of "saving the taxpayers money."


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

As a Member of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors, I am unaware of any reimbursement for Brown Act compliance. It is not unreasonable to expect such compliance to be funded by each agency from tax revenue collected. Their taxing ability derives from the State.


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