Special Meeting of the Morongo Basin
Municipal Advisory Council
Brown Act Training
Tuesday, March 18th 2014
Bob Burke County Government Offices
63665 Twentynine Palms Hwy.
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
1) Call to Order Special Meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council
2) Brown Act Overview and Training by San Bernardino County Counsel’s Office
3) Public Comment
4) Adjourn Meeting
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PREVIOUS-March 9th post: Big MAC Cancels Monday’s Closed Session: Regular Meeting at 6:30 PM.
PRESS RELEASE:March 8, 2014, 21:48:53 CANCELLATION OF MONDAYS CLOSED SESSION MAC MEETING
Earlier Story: MAC Declares Closed Session to Discuss and Review Open Meeting Law behind Closed Doors?
San Bernardino, Ca.,- Prior to the first DVD taping of the San Bernardino Municipal Advisory Council appointed by Third District Supervisor, James Ramos, the agenda posted for the meeting of March 10, 2014 advises the public there will be a Closed Session with legal counsel to discuss and review the California Open Meeting Law, the Ralph M. Brown Act.
Thanks to our sharp on-their-toes readers, it was brought to my attention the declared Closed Session to discuss the Ralph M. Brown Act law for open meetings, was in fact, a violation of same. I sent an email to Supervisor Ramos Chief of Staff : “It has been brought to my attention the proposed “Closed session” to review the Ralph M. Brown Act, may in fact, be a violation of same.
Holding a private meeting to review California’s most significant open meeting law? Although not required, it was suggested you should use Government Code 54954.5 as guidance to the agenda item wording. This way people would know what Government Code they feel appropriately provides safe harbor for a session as such.
The most common use of closed session with legal counsel is to discuss litigation matters. Is the MAC anticipating litigation? If so, the Brown Act requires the declaration of the closed meeting is called to discuss anticipated litigation, names, number of cases and appropriate Government Code. It has also been suggested to me that the MAC should do what CalAware advises and hold it in public session for the entire community.
Thank you for your attention to these concerns.”
Respectfully submitted, Margo Sturges MB Citizens for Responsible Government
Update: March 9, 2014. Please note the Chair of the MAC sent out the above cancellation notice and in a separate email, personally thanked me for bringing this matter to his attention.
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