Have any of you ever thought this through before playing political football with the Brown Act? In ANY functioning decision-making group there MUST be a time when decision-makers can discuss the issues WITHOUT public input because that is the ONLY way to get past public political pressure groups, you know, the very kind that enviro and Prog activist love to field into any economic development issue in the community. How else to be able to talk to each other without a screaming audience in your face and emotions running all over place?
Grow up, Proggies and stop playing politics with community decision-makers. If you don't like what they do, vote them out but this continual political sniping wars like Judy does with her gang of clones like Marci and former Ryan plus the staged attacks on Supes or Harbor Commission meetings, the only way to see around them for the public good is to be able to talk to each other--without pressure group influence.
You know, Marci, you are something else. How you are allowed to be Chair of HSU' Journalism and Mass Communications and hold your job as political attack pitbull for Judy's NCJ rag is something we need to look into. You are violating big time teacher's obligation to NOT drag their personal or PAID political opinions into the classroom and now someone has to monitor your classes to see what you are teaching students.
Here you stand for Yellow Journalism like Judy, both of you trying to ratchet up hate speech and slander against your political opponents and using this NCJ venue to do so. This is you, Marci, doing ad hominen hate speech against a political opponent.
"They learned the hard way that if you are trying to tamp down a scandal (last June, board member Dan Johnson gave a speech on behalf of the board at Arcata High School's graduation that he found off the Internet, and then refused to apologize for his act of plagiarism) members can't go emailing each other to get around public disclosure. Johnson missed the training session.
Maybe he was too busy interviewing for the job as HSU president. I wouldn't know."
The Dan Johnson issue is over a year old and both you and Judy are still at the guy's throat after thoroughly smearing him all over your rag for months last year. It's sickening that you are an HSU Chairperson and propels me to contact HSU to find out how they allow paid Journalism teacher to work for political rags smearing local people's names. We'll find out if you are breaking California teacher rules about engaging in political work for pay while teaching students.
down here in texas we have an open meetings act people get put away for doing behind the door stuff maybe y'all need some teeth into a proposition NO> ??? throw a few sneaks in jail and never hold office again???
so you got the info for this column, including the supposed name of the committee, from the minutes and the op-ed by the Harbor Working Group, which is not part of the committee...ok.
A joint committee performing a task?
From the CA Attorney General's Brown Act pamphlet:
When a legislative body designates less than a quorum of its members that does not constitute a standing committee to meet with representatives of another legislative body to exchange information and report back to their respective bodies, a meeting between the representatives would be exempt from the Act. ...However, if a legislative body designates less than a quorum of its members to meet with representatives of another legislative body to perform a task, such as the making of a recommendation, an advisory committee consisting of the representatives from both bodies would be created. Such a committee would be subject to the open meeting and notice provisions of the Act. (Joiner v. City of Sebastopol (1981) 125 Cal.App.3d 799, 805.)
last paragraph, page 5 at http://ag.ca.gov/publications/2003_Main_Br…
(FYI--pamphlet is in places, Table of contents and intro at http://ag.ca.gov/publications/2003_Intro_B…
This is entirely in keeping with the stealth takeover of the Board of Supervisors. Of course, if you know the names and you know who backs them, you will know what the agenda is.
If you like Brown act violations, go to a Harbor District meeting. Its scary how much goes on behind closed doors around there. Oh yea, guess who is heading the new AHHA committee, yup Mike Wilson.
Marcy, thanks. the Brown Act is a pain in the ass on purpose! I've sat on boards, (small, local) and although I couldn't possibly know all of the rules, one was made very very clear, you must give the public the truth, and you cannot hide in secret meetings, or secret e-mails.
As a board member it may seem like the various individuals are trying to stop you just because they don't like you personally, but their concerns are being voiced because they feel strong enough to challenge the process, a very American idea.
I'm surprised there aren't more comments already posted. maybe you and I are the only ones outside the committee that cares. That would be sad for Humboldt.
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