Does the public have a right-to-know why a regularly scheduled meeting of a public agency is rescheduled? Apparently, not when that agency is the Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) on whose board I serve.
On July 16, the SHD posted this on its website “The Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of Sequoia Healthcare District scheduled for August 7, 2013 has been rescheduled to the following date and time: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.” When first asked about the rescheduling, I asked why this was being considered, and suggested that the public has a right-to-know why “regularly scheduled meetings” are rescheduled. Board President Jerry Shefren then asked District counsel, Mark Hudak, to advise “...what the public has a right to know about why meetings are rescheduled.” In a subsequent e-mail, Jerry stated that the meeting was being rescheduled “Because of others being out of town...”. I asked why the other directors will be out-of-town.
Shefren responded “That is personal information and I do not feel it requires disclosure to you or the public in general. If you are aware of any specific laws that require disclosure please advise me of that information.”
After another e-mail exchange the absentee directors turned out to be Art Faro and Shefren himself.
The schedule of regular meetings was distributed to directors on October 16, 2012. It has not yet been revealed when the out-of-town directors planned their conflicting activities, nor the nature of those activities.
Interested readers can view the e-mail thread at Web Link