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La Habra

April 05, 2000|Tariq Malik, (714) 520-2503

The City Council on Monday made a formal commitment to hold all future meetings concerning applicant interviews for council vacancies in the public eye.

The action was taken after the California First Amendment Coalition claimed the council violated the Ralph M. Brown Act governing public meetings when officials interviewed candidates for a vacant council seat behind closed doors on Jan. 22. Coalition officials contacted the city in February, demanding a public and formal commitment to the Brown Act and a new policy to consider any concerns from neutral parties over subsequent closed meetings.

The City Council also decided to postpone any scheduled closed sessions for at least 24 hours if Brown Act complacency is questioned by any independent and nonpartisan group.

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