Hoping to plug leaks to the media, the City Council on Monday will talk about how to keep closed session discussions confidential.
According to a report by City Atty. John Torrance, though, it's hard to force council members to keep their lips zipped.
Torrance's report, prepared at the council's request, came after media reports that Simi Valley Police Chief Randy Adams had apologized to the council during a closed session. The chief's apology was for not keeping council members up to date on his department's enforcement activities at a controversial charity event hosted by the Hells Angels on Sept. 7.
However, Torrance writes, "State law does not regulate the extent to which closed session discussions or materials shall be confidential."
In addition, a 1993 state attorney general's opinion, a widely followed guideline that does not carry the force of law, says that local entities do not have the ability to gag discussions of closed sessions.