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REDUX: January 2010-HVCC Open Government Workshop

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ORIGINAL POST JANUARY 2010-Open Government Workshop

January 27, 2010 8:45 A.M. – Admission is Free and there is no need to register

Yucca Valley Community Center – Yucca Room

Dumosa and the Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley

The Homestead Valley Community Council will be sponsoring an all day Open Government workshop on Wednesday, January 27th. The workshop will start at 8:45 A.M. and will be held in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. The Sacramento based organization Californians Aware – CalAware will direct the workshop.

Everyone – All area residents, members and staff of legislative bodies, and members of the press are invited to attend. CalAware’s founder and lead counsel Terry Francke will present these comprehensive workshop sessions on the Brown Act and the California Public Records Act. Mr. Francke is a well respected leading authority on California Open Government Laws.

“These workshops are the advanced versions of our “Top 10” workshop series. They offer twice the time for detailed explanations, examples and Q&A. This includes more thorough discussion of A.G. opinions and leading case law. For public agencies, the presentation highlights preventive action to avoid liability, and for public groups, the presenter addresses those specific points the public should watch for.” – CalAware.

The Ralph M. Brown Act was an act of the California State Legislature, authored by then Assemblymember Ralph M. Brown and passed in 1953. It guaranteed the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies.

The California Public Records Act was a law passed by the California State Legislature and signed by the Governor in 1968 mandating disclosure of governmental records to the public upon request, unless there is a specific reason not to do so. CPRA is enshrined in Article 1 of the California Constitution.

Homestead Valley Community Council is pleased to announce that Third District Supervisor Neil Derry will begin the event with an update on his efforts to bring more transparency to San Bernardino County government. Supervisor Neil will introduce Terry Francke, and the Brown Act session will begin. After Q & A, we will break for lunch, and return around 1:00 P.M. for the California Public Records Act session. We expect the workshop to end around 4:00 P.M.

CalAware memberships and books will be available for purchase all day.

If you have any questions regarding this highly anticipated educational event, please email us

or call 760-401-1015.

HVCC hopes to see you there.

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