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Did the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors violate the Brown Act?

As I picked up my copy of the Pasadena Star News this past Wednesday and read the paper my eye quickly focused on the article reporting that the LA County Board of Supervisors (in closed session) decided to appoint Santos Kreimann (a veteran county employee) as the temporary LA County Assessor while John Noguez went […]

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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and their penchant for secrecy

Slowly, but surely others in the media are calling attention to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ penchant for secrecy.  You can find an excellent column on this very subject written by Ron Kaye in the February 26th (Sunday) edition of the Pasadena Sun.  You can read his entire column “L.A. County is too […]

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Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approve millions of dollars for an undetermined number of Letters of Agreements

In case you missed it the Board, as is their custom, gave blanket approval to authorize one of their agents (in this case the Director of Health Services Mitch Katz M.D.) to “offer and execute Letters of Agreements (LOA) in an annual estimated amount of $1,000,000 …”  This item (designated as A-4 1115 Waiver LOA) […]

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LA County Board of Supervisors sued for Brown Act Violation

The LA County Board of Supervisors violated the Brown Act in September 2011 so says the LA County District Attorney.  The LA County DA cited the Board for failing to allow the public to attend a meeting with Gov. Brown that had been called to discuss the county’s new responsibility to deal with felons.  Realignment […]

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L.A.’s closed-door supervisors

Though I’m pleased that our DA’s office found that the Board of Supervisors had indeed violated the Brown Act in September 2011, however I’m disappointed that they only received a “slap-on” the wrist.  Let’s not forget that the Board was also found to have violated the Brown Act in 2004 when in closed session they […]

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A post from Supervisor Yaroslavsky

On January 24th, Supervisor Yaroslavsky chose to post his response to the various news articles and public comments made regarding to both his now notorious motion and the many news articles published in response to the Board of Supervisor’s attempt to pass Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s motion.  His opening paragraph “For the past several weeks, a lot […]

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Response to Los Angeles Times article

Posted on the Los Angeles Times website: What a lively discussion this article has generated.  I’d like to respond to the many people who have suggested that we need to have term limits imposed on the Board of Supervisors — which we’ve already done.  In March 2002, we passed Measure B (http://www.smartvoter.org/2002/03/05/ca/la/meas/) by more than […]

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Update – The Los Angeles media wakes up and reports on the LA County Board’s Attempt to Quash Public Input

Well, finally the assorted Los Angeles area newspapers have decided to weigh in on the LA County Board of Supervisors’ attempt to “limit” (I call it quash) public input at the weekly Board of Supervisors’ meetings.  The Los Angeles Daily News reported on Supervisor Yaroslavsky’s motion to “limit” public speech under the pretext of needing […]

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How the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors spends their time and your tax dollars:

Every Tuesday (except for Holidays and Election Day) the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meet at the Hall of Administration located at 500 W. Temple Street in Los Angeles.  The meetings are scheduled to start at 9:30 in the morning, unless the preceding Monday is a holiday in which case the meeting is scheduled […]

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Los Angeles County Board moves to quash public’s right to address the Board

The recent proposal to limit public speaking at supervisors’ meetings put under review is just one more ludicrous action proposed by our not so illustrious LA County Board of Supervisors. I’ve monitored the Board for the past 12 years, and I’ve made a point to hold their feet to the fire when it comes to […]

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