Here is the video link to the Fullerton City Council Meeting from Tuesday, August 19, 2008. The Register’s Orange PunchÂ and Red County/OC Blog have written on this topic today. Both blogs have misrepresented the comments of Fullerton Councilmember Keller as an enemy of open government. That could not be further from the truth. I suggest that readers actually take a look at the meeting for themselves to get the full story. The discussion of the rules of closed session and the Brown Act begins with Agenda Item #15 (time index 1:04:00. Councilmember Keller’s comments begin at time index 1:33:00.
Councilmember Keller points out the clear fact of Councilman Nelson’s misrepresentation of his own position on closed session discussions. The presentation points out pretty clearly, that Nelson’s actions violate both the spirit and intent of California law regarding closed sessions and the and labor law regarding good-faith negotiations.
This is a manufactured tempest on the part of Mr. Nelson in an effort to draw attention to his own reelection campaign. He is not a hero and is likely guilty of a misdemeanor.