County Unintentionally Violates Brown Act, Takes Steps to Improve Compliance
On Tuesday, March 25 the County of Humboldt became aware of a recent Brown Act violation that occurred when a majority of the Board of Supervisors attended a meeting that was not publicly noticed. The violation was committed unintentionally on Thursday, March 20 at a meeting at the Humboldt County Courthouse.
Staff organized the meeting and Board members were invited to attend. Inadvertently, more than two Supervisors attended. The meeting where the violation occurred was designed to improve the community budget meetings and the technical aspects of presenting those meetings to the public. The County’s budget itself was not a topic of discussion. No action was taken at the meeting. Notes from the meeting have been posted on the County’s web site at co.humboldt.ca.us/portal/budget.
The Ralph M. Brown Act is California’s public meetings law, intended to ensure that public business is conducted in the public view and with public participation. The Act defines what constitutes a meeting of a public body.
The County of Humboldt regrets this mistake. The County recognizes the importance of the Brown Act and is committed to improving its ability to comply with the state’s open meeting laws. Since the violation occurred, County staff members involved in organizing the meeting have received renewed training on the Brown Act.
On March 26, 2014 at 1757 hours, Eureka Police officers were dispatched to 2109 Harris Street in Eureka on a citizen’s report of an injured person in the house at that location. Officers entered the house to render first aid and found a man deceased with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. Officers checked the rest of the house for other persons who may need help and found a second person deceased as well. He too suffered from a gunshot wound to the head.
Based on evidence collected at the scene investigators believe the crime was a double homicide. One person was detained at the scene and now has been arrested as the lone suspect in the murders. Investigators will continue to process the scene for the rest of today. The deceased have been identified but their names are being withheld until family members have been notified by the Coroner’s Office.
The suspect is Eureka resident: Vincent Earnest Sanchez, DOB: 04-30-1985 who was booked into jail for two counts of homicide.
On March 26, 2014 at 1757 hours, Eureka Police officers were dispatched to 2109 Harris Street in Eureka on a citizen’s report of an injured person in the house at that location. Officers entered the house to render first aid and found a man deceased with obvious signs of trauma. The officers checked the rest of the house for other persons who may need help and found a second person deceased in the home as well.
Detectives and evidence technicians have been called to investigate the deaths and process the scene. Based on information collected at the scene, the crime is being processed as a homicide.
The deceased have been identified but their names are being withheld until family members have been notified.
Anyone with information about this investigation should call the Eureka Police at (707) 441-4044.
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