At this point I’ve all but given up on Miguel Pulido and the Santa Ana City Council ever figuring out how to comply with California’s open meetings law, the Brown Act. No matter how many times I bring it up, no matter how many emails and inquiries sent, Miguel, and his City Attorney’s just don’t get it.
Here you have Mayor Pulido, letting a rogue Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez run public comment, along with the entire purpose of the Brown Act (Accountability) into the ground while he is sitting there playing a fiddle or something. Note to the Santa Ana City Council; If you can’t handle a little public criticism you’re in the wrong fracking business.
In the more than 53 years since the Brown Act, Californiaâ€™s open meeting law, was enacted there has never been a successful criminal prosecution for violation of the law. In fact, criminal charges have been alleged five times with only one of those going to trial resulting in a hung jury.
It seems that the Orange County District Attorney has a rather lenient interpretation of the Brown Act when it comes to obvious violations on the part of Westminster City Councilmen Tyler Diep, Andy Quach, and Tri Ta. At least that is the only conclusion I can reach from their response to my complaint regarding the publishing of a letter from these members of the City Council regarding the conflict over Black April events in March. Senior Deputy District Attorney Raymond S. Armstrong responded to my concerns related to the obvious violation of the Brown Act in a June 28, 2010 letter.
On Monday, May 3, 2010, Richard McKee acting on behalf of Californians Aware submitted a letter to the city of Westminster demanding that they rescind their action, which three Council members Diep, Quach, and Ta took outside a regular meeting of the City Council, because that action appears ot be in violation of the Brown Act.
TheLiberalOC has submitted a letter to the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees challenging them to come clean and admit violations of California’s open meeting statutes (The Brown Act) at their December 15, 2009 organizational meeting. At the January 5, 2010 meeting of the Board, Trustee Dr. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam alleged thatÂ violations of the…