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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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


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