The California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Los Angeles County's appeal in a case involving illegal closed-door meetings of the Board of Supervisors.
In October, a state appellate court ruled in a lawsuit brought by The Times that the board and its attorney had violated the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state's open meeting law, during a series of closed meetings in 2001. The county was ordered to pay the newspaper's legal fees, which exceed $100,000.
The supervisors voted to appeal the decision. But the state Supreme Court decided not to hear the case, letting the lower court ruling stand. "It's really a vindication for the public," said Karlene Goller, an attorney for The Times.
Goller said the case sets an important precedent for anyone who wants to hold government bodies accountable for breaking the open meeting law.