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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The personnel director of Orange Unified School District is contesting the district trustees' decision not to renew his contract, alleging the decision was made illegally. N. Jack Elsner, one year from retirement after 28 years with the district, was notified March 14 that his contract would be terminated June 30, according to a letter to the school district from Elsner's lawyer, George W. Shaeffer Jr.
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March 23, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The district attorney's office has announced it has found insufficient evidence to charge two council members and a former council member with violating the state's Brown Act. An investigation began last May after a resident alleged that the City Council had violated the act, which regulates what public agencies may discuss in closed session. Violations of the Brown Act are a misdemeanor and carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail and $1,000 fine.
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March 4, 1995 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN
A North Hollywood man has filed a lawsuit against Burbank Airport officials, claiming they violated state law by holding a closed-door meeting in December to discuss an issue not on the public agenda. Airport officials expect to hire a lawyer who will handle the case and formally respond to the eight-page complaint before the end of the month, Airport Commissioner Robert Garcin said Friday. R.C.
NEWS
March 2, 1995
All five members of the Board of Supervisors appeared before the Orange County Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Irvine on Wednesday and because of the Brown Act--which prohibits a majority of the group from meeting together without advance public notice--the board took some unusual steps. Prohibited from "deliberating," board members addressed the audience and then, one by one, left the room after they spoke. Supervisor Gaddi H.
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March 29, 1994 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Legislature has sent Gov. Pete Wilson the last of several bills requiring local elected officials to conduct their business more openly--not, for example, at out-of-town "retreats" or in small, private gatherings. Wilson is expected to sign the so-called sunshine legislation quickly so that it will become law by Friday, the effective date of a three-bill package passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor last year. Together the four bills represent one of the few substantial tightenings of the 40-year-old Ralph M. Brown Act anti-secrecy law, which requires local elected officials of public agencies and school boards to meet and make decisions in public.
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December 29, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Councilman Ernani Bernardi has sued the city of Los Angeles, claiming that two closed-door meetings to discuss a community redevelopment project violated the state's public meeting law. Bernardi, who served 32 years on the council before retiring in June, filed a lawsuit Monday in a downtown Superior Court, asking that a judge invalidate the decisions reached in closed sessions and force the city to hold new meetings on the issue in public.
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June 2, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a dozen years of being stymied by Thousand Oaks officials, a Los Angeles developer plans to sue the city for $10 million, using a judge's ruling that officials acted illegally in blocking him from developing his land. Although Nedjatollah Cohan lost a lawsuit last week against the city to develop his 47-acre parcel in Newbury Park, the judge in the case agreed that the city violated local and state laws in appealing the city Planning Commission's decision favoring the project.
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April 9, 1993 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oxnard officials no longer appear to be violating the state's open-meetings law, Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury said Thursday. Bradbury, who two years ago called on Oxnard residents to vote the City Council out of office for holding what he called illegal secret meetings, said Thursday he has received no complaints about the city for at least a year. "I certainly hope they've finally gotten the message," Bradbury said.
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October 21, 1992 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a particularly contentious meeting of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Supervisor Gloria Molina accused fellow board members of repeatedly violating the Brown Act, a state law regulating meetings of elected government bodies. The board meeting also took on political overtones when Molina tangled with Supervisor Deane Dana over his position on a controversial pension plan.
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October 8, 1992
The Legislature is back in session, at Gov. Pete Wilson's request, to address the unfinished business of workers' compensation reform. While there, lawmakers should take care of yet another important item--overriding Wilson's veto last week of a bill expanding the Brown Act. The 39-year-old Ralph M.
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