June 13, 2013
Re "The Brown Act means what it says," Editorial, June 10 I applaud your fine editorial on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors' attempt, via AB 246, to do an end-run around our state's open meetings law, the Brown Act. The people aren't easily fooled. In meeting privately to discuss the state's prison realignment law with Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, L.A. supervisors broke the law, plain and simple. Requesting that Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) write a bill granting them a "special" exception to the Brown Act shows a lack of respect for the people's right to know.
May 1, 2012
Dear Assembly, and dear Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: You've got to be kidding. First, supervisors, some of you made angry and somewhat panicked statements, clearly intended for public consumption, about prison realignment. You foolishly claimed that the policy to transfer supervision over some felons from the state to the county was going to fill the streets with hardened criminals. Then, in September, you broke the law by discussing the situation in private. Your conversation happens to have been with the governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 |
Two men who were repeatedly kicked out of Los Angeles City Council meetings for violating public comment rules won part of a free-speech lawsuit against the city last year. But a jury recently awarded them only a few dollars for their trouble. The meager awards are the latest turn in a long-running case that pitted the Venice Beach performers against council rules banning "personal, impertinent, unduly repetitive, slanderous or profane remarks. " Like many government bodies across the country, the council has often wrestled with how to regulate public comments and keep meetings orderly.
August 31, 2011 |
The NBA and representatives of its players' union met for six hours Wednesday in New York, with Commissioner David Stern promising more "meetings and meetings" through September to try to resolve the lockout that threatens the upcoming season. Stern told reporters there's "clearly enough time" to strike a new labor agreement that would allow the NBA's regular season to start on time Nov. 1. The meeting in Manhattan was the second between the sides since the lockout took effect July 1. Players' association President Derek Fisher of the Lakers told reporters after Wednesday's session that the union had not changed its "philosophical stance" on issues and added that "both sides [are]
February 5, 2012 |
We've all been there — staff meetings that seem longer than "Gone With the Wind. " Not only are they often bad for morale, they can also easily stray into diminishing-returns territory. Here are some tips on making meetings more to the point: •Set goals: By knowing what you want to accomplish, you can streamline the agenda, said Susan M. Heathfield, About.com's human resources expert. "The goals you set will establish the framework for an effective meeting plan. " •Distribute materials ahead of time: Giving employees handouts, charts and graphs a day or so before the meeting allows everyone to come ready for discussion.
July 30, 2012 |
Stocks edged higher ahead of big meetings by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank this week. The central banks could take highly anticipated steps to prop up U.S. and European economies, moves that could jolt equity markets higher. After a choppy start, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 21 points, or 0.2%, to 13,097 shortly after the opening bell on Wall Street. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 2 points, or 0.2%, to 1,388. The Nasdaq gained 9 points, or 0.3%, to 2,967.