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.
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Terry Francke, the Voice of OC’s consultant on government access, comments on the situation in Westminster over probable violations of the Brown Act. According to Francke, when three members of the Westminster City Council released a press statement… they violated the Brown Act
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.
On or about March 29th a press statement drafted by Council member Tyler Diep, was released to the Vietnamese media on behalf of the three Vietnamese members of the City Council, Tyler Diep, Andy Quach, and Tri Ta in their official capacities. The statement clearly indicates that they have discussed the matter amongst themselves and reached several conclusions in concert.
Last night, the Westminster City Council held a special meeting to resolve the conflict over the desire of multiple groups to host commemorative ceremonies marking the fall of Saigon 35 years ago in 1975. A group of 38 organizations, led by First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen was the first to pull a permit application to use Sid Goldstein Freedom Park on April 30 for their ceremony.
For some reason Orange County is a magnet for political losers. In recognition of that unbearable truth, and the fact we’re almost done with 2009, here is my list of the OC Political Losers of 2009. Dean Grose â€” The Los Alamitos Mayor who found it funny to send an email picture of the White House rising over a watermelon patch.
In general, I try to avoid reaching a conclusion that people are trying to hide something until I have clear reason to believe they are. The standard I usually follow is governed by the amount of inconsequential information that is concealed when I start asking questions. If I get most of what I am asking…