A Superior Court judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Councilman Ernani Bernardi against the City of Los Angeles and its redevelopment agency, alleging that agendas relating to a redevelopment project violated the state's public meeting laws.
Bernardi, a fierce critic of redevelopment projects who served on the council for 32 years, has filed four lawsuits against city and county officials over agendas and meetings that he contends have violated the Ralph M. Brown Open Meetings Act. The act requires virtually all government meetings to be held in public, said Jeffrey Cohen, an attorney for Bernardi.
Cohen said the agendas and closed-door meetings have dealt with the city and county's plan to lift a $750-million spending cap on the city's redevelopment project for the central business district and the division of property tax revenues that such a move would create.
A judge dismissed one of the lawsuits Monday, which alleged, among other things, that agendas for a pair of December, 1993, meetings held by the city and its Community Redevelopment Agency violated the Brown Act because they were incomplete and misleading, Cohen said.