The First Amendment is pretty clear. Government cannot abridge or restrict your freedom of speech or expression. A newspaper, website, or a cable network can, because they control the content. But the government cannot step in and censor you — even if what you’re saying is a baldfaced lie.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an Anaheim man’s First Amendment rights were not violated when his speech drew strong reactions at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a board rule barring “personal, impertinent, slanderous or profane remarks” at public meetings. But the court made its ruling “unpublished,” meaning it does not set precedent for future cases.
UPDATED!!! Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer has decided that he does not want to listen to the public first at the meetings of the city council. Righiemer’s solution to this “problem” of his own creation is to limit public comment at the beginning of the meeting to ten randomly selected speakers, leaving the rest to wait until the end of the agenda, however late that time may arrive.
Apparently an ad that calls out the only two responsible council members remaining who’s action to award a $158 million tax subsidy was voided by a judge because the issue was not properly noticed as required by the Brown Act violates the OC Register’s advertising sensibilities and hence its policy.
We were hoping to never have to write about Art Pedroza ever again. But his candidacy for a seat on the Orange County Board of Education (OC BoE) makes it necessary. Readers know this blog won our second federal lawsuit against Mr. Pedroza in December 2011 for cybersquatting names associated with TheLiberalOC, some of our writers and…