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November 5, 2003 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and its attorney violated the state's open meeting law, then tried to conceal its violation from the public, a state appellate court has ruled. The Oct. 29 ruling by a three-judge panel is the final chapter in a long-running dispute that involved an effort by county supervisors to secretly defeat a ballot initiative.
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May 17, 2003 | Jenifer Ragland, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura County district attorney's investigation of the Rio School District's Board of Trustees revealed "a disturbing number" of open-meeting law violations in recent months, but prosecutors said they will give school officials a chance to correct the pattern of mistakes before taking any action. The inquiry was prompted by complaints lodged after a sharply divided board abruptly suspended Supt. Yolanda Benitez at its March 5 meeting pending an investigation of the administrator.
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March 26, 2002 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors makes more than 90% of its official decisions without any public debate, spending millions of taxpayer dollars on contracts, settling major lawsuits and making policy changes behind closed doors or without discussion. Supervisors and their staffs discuss much of the county's business in private meetings, a practice that may be illegal and that recently has become the focus of public attention.
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October 16, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office is looking into whether Costa Mesa officials violated the state open meeting law during discussions earlier this year about the Home Ranch development proposal. The prosecutor is studying complaints by a Costa Mesa resident that the city violated the Brown Act when two members of the City Council, two members of the Planning Commission, city staff and representatives of developer C.J.
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October 16, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office is looking into whether Costa Mesa officials violated a state open-meeting law during discussions this year about the proposed Home Ranch development. The agency is studying complaints by a Costa Mesa resident that the city violated the Brown Act when two members of the City Council and two members of the Planning Commission, city staff and representatives of developer C.J. Segerstrom & Sons met without providing notice to the public, Deputy Dist.
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March 3, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A trustee with the Anaheim Union High School District has filed a formal complaint this week against fellow board members, alleging that they violated the state's open meeting laws when they voted in closed session to settle an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit and did not tell the public. Alexandria Coronado also alleged that at their Feb.
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December 22, 2000
A lawsuit accuses the Los Angeles Board of Education of violating the Brown Act by privately authorizing Supt. Roy Romer to explore the possibility of opening the Belmont Learning Center or selling the property. The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union Local 11, asks that the board's action be overturned. The union is seeking representation at the New Otani Hotel, which is owned by Kajima International.
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