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California boards want to keep pandemic rules for public meetings. Critics call it bad for democracy

Original post made on Aug 28, 2023

For a July meeting, the Little Hoover Commission -- an independent state oversight agency -- posted notice that the public could attend in Sacramento, but also in Traverse City, Mich., or Southampton, N.Y.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, August 27, 2023, 8:47 AM

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 28, 2023 at 10:24 am

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

This article has a Huge start-off confusion. The Remote member (teleconference) 'let the public in' requirement has been in the Brown Act for least two decades! Perhaps 10,000 people have been trained on this - as they have taken school board and city council seats throughout California.

So, the current status, post Pandemic exemption, was the condition for decades.

Reference: League of California Cities, Brown Act manual, "Open & Public" editions V (2016 page 23-24) and earlier.

* Agendas must be posted at each teleconference location, even if a hotel room or a residence;
* Each teleconference location, including a hotel room or residence, must be accessible to the public and have technology, such as a speakerphone, to enable the public to participate;

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