Town Square

Post a New Topic

Former school board member wins Brown Act case against Mountain View Whisman School District

Original post made on Jan 4, 2021

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has sided with a former Mountain View School District trustee who filed a lawsuit this summer alleging the district violated California's open-meeting law, the Brown Act.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 4, 2021, 1:20 PM

Comments (4)

Posted by Noted
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Noted is a registered user.

I see that our Public Obfuscation Officer, whose salary we pay, is trying to make this sound like a one-time error when it clearly was not. Withholding information from the public is part of a repeated pattern with MVWSD.
Just look at how they handled their efforts to fence in our parks by keeping plans under wraps until it was practically a done deal, then pretending to be surprised by the ensuing uproar. MV deserves better.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 4, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

In the future, I will be sure to send Public Information Officer Shelly Hausman - a copy of the emails that I have (for several years) been sending the Board President(s) and Superintendent politely and 'informally' warning them of their violations! When sent such a warning, to then President Blakely on this exact topic, she dismissed the polite warning! The Board did not pay attention to the 'legal commitment' agreement letter, that they then later voted on! (Trustee Gutierrez abstained 4:0:1)

When I sent such a polite warning (to the Superintendent) about the problem with his contract - mortage benefits change - happening without first a public disclosure of his contract changes, he actually listened [the Agenda was changed and his $1M+ mortage benefit was disclosed / before-the-vote of the Board]

Parlimentary procedure - based on Law - is what this whole Nation will hopefully experience and benefit from on Jan 6, 1 EST, when the Joint Session of the US Congress convenes under 12th Amendment and the Federal Electorial Count Act of 1887 (3 US Code Sect 15) / to officially and legally affirm the Electors choice of Joe Biden as the next President of the USA. Rule of Law!


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 4, 2021 at 2:33 pm

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

BTW - the other great California government anti-OPACITY act, the Public Records Act, is usually handled very nicely and (IMO) properly by PIO Hausman when she is assigned to handle my public documents requests.


Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 4, 2021 at 5:57 pm

Otto Maddox is a registered user.

Typical government response. Blame the person who sued them and won.

Follow the law and you won't lose lawsuits. There's the lesson.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.


Get the most important local news stories sent straight to your inbox daily.

All-day Indian cafe opens in Redwood City with a focus on takeout
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 12,448 views

Polar vortexes and clean energy in the Upper Midwest
By Sherry Listgarten | 3 comments | 3,713 views

Union demands too many: Open up the schools now!
By Diana Diamond | 12 comments | 2,769 views

Premarital and Couples: What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Stay in Vegas
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,716 views

 

Submit your story today

The 35th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Submit your short story here by April 2 (online submissions only). Stories must be 2,500 words or less. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

Contest Details