Opinion: The “Open Meeting” laws are not complicated
“BOS tackles the function and life span of a ‘committee’” (Feb. 10 Mountain Democrat) — there is nothing to “tackle.” Government Code Section 54950-54963 regarding open meeting starts,
“In enacting this chapter, the legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in the state exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.”
“The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”
Understanding that “it is the people’s business” and it must be conducted openly, the next step should be the District Attorney and/or County Counsel to inform the Board of Supervisors in a public form as to the many aspects of Government Code starting with Section 54950-54963 regarding open meeting laws. Government Code is the law that must be followed.
The next question is how many more “groups” are meeting and are unaware of the “Open Meeting” laws. It is time for the elected “public servants” to understand their job and represent “the people” according to Government Code.