When The Times editorialized about the Huntington Beach City School Board ("Public's Right to Know," June 19), your readers were left with the impression that all five board members favor this shroud of secrecy.
According to the board's attorney, I am not legally permitted to discuss the actions and votes that occurred in closed session. However, I can state that I agree with your editorial position on the public's right to know.
I endorse the principle of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which states, in part: "The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know."
While the Brown Act defines a few areas that can be discussed in closed session, its intent was to ensure that the boards' "actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly." It is indeed ironic that this law is being used to the opposite effect.