LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is making an urgent plea to the California State lawmakers in attempt to pass legislation that will allow the Board to hold private meetings with President Barack Obama and California Governor Jerry Brown during the budget crisis.
Private Deliberations of Public Business Forbidden
In this 3 minute video Antonovich explains the need to legalize private meetings that exclude the public and public comment. Such meetings currently violate California's long standing Ralph M. Brown Act that mandates all official meetings to be open with public comments when the public's business is being deliberated. Watch this video at URL: http://blog.fulldisclosure.net/2012/02/breaking-news-lawsuit-charges-la-county.html
County Supervisors Hope New Law Will OK Private Meetings
Because Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have violated the Brown Act, they have become the target of a Superior Court Lawsuit filed by Californians Aware, a Sacramento based, non profit watchdog organization dedicated to preserving open and transparent government.
Board Met Privately With Governor Jerry Brown
According to the Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate and Injunction filed February 3rd in Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BS135835, the Californians Aware lawsuit is seeking Declaratory Relief for violations of the Ralph M. Brown Act for closed meetings held in September of 2011 that involved Governor Jerry Brown and the five members of the Board of Supervisors and others who may not have been authorized to attend or participate in legally held closed Board meetings.
Terry Francke is the General Counsel for Californians Aware and is a highly respected legal expert on the California Ralph M. Brown Act. He signed the Verified Petition under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the lawsuit and the allegations and exhibits from the public records are believed to be true and accurate. Over the years Francke has represented news organizations and citizen groups who have had difficulty obtaining public records and access to government meetings. Serving as co-counsel with Francke are Dennis Winston, President, Californians Aware, and Kelly Avilas of La Verne, California.
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