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Kelly Richardson Esq

What is “Open Forum” “Public Comment”?  

Kelly Richardson Esq.   circa 11.2005  said :

Friends, Romans, Homeowners, lend them your ear. Some situations can be defused simply by letting a person complete their statement without interruption.  Allow your neighbors their time to speak, which is the board’s time to listen. The fact that members know that they can bring up anything in a [monthly] board meeting, inspires confidence and support.

Generally, open-meetings laws require

4925   (a) Any member may attend board meetings, except when the board adjourns to, or meets solely in, executive session. As specified in subdivision (b) of Section 4090, a member of the association shall be entitled to attend a teleconference meeting or the portion of a teleconference meeting that is open to members, and that meeting or portion of the meeting shall be audible to the members in a location specified in the notice of the meeting.

(b) The board shall permit any member to speak at any meeting of the association or the board, except for meetings of the board held in executive session. A reasonable time limit for all members of the association to speak to the board or before a meeting of the association shall be established by the board.

More on “Open Forum”

public bodies to deliberate and act in public view. “Public body” usually is defined to include most legislative, executive and administrative bodies of the government and its political subdivisions. A ?meeting? covered by the act often is any gathering of a majority of a quorum of the members of the public body at which public business is discussed. As so defined, an act can apply to an informal discussion among (or, increasingly, a sharing of e-mails by) a relatively small number of board or commission members.

Open-meetings acts typically require public bodies to provide the public and the media with schedules of regular meetings and prior notice of any special meetings. The public bodies also must keep written minutes of all meetings.

 Members’ Right to Speak at Board Meetings

At Board meetings, the Board shall permit Members or their designated representatives to speak before the Board takes formal action on an item under discussion, in addition to any other opportunities to speak, and the Board shall provide for a reasonable number of persons to speak on each side of an issue. However, the Board may place reasonable time restrictions on those persons speaking during any meeting. knolls

When they took the fourth amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment, I was quiet because I was innocent.
When they took the second amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t own a gun.
Now they’ve taken the first amendment, and I can say nothing about it. geocities

Los Angeles City Attorney Video on the Brown Act Open Meeting Laws

OLD  –   California Civil Code §1363.05

(h) The board of directors of the association shall permit any member of the association to speak at any meeting of the association or the board of directors…

(j) As used in this section, “meeting” includes any congregation of a majority of the members of the board at the same time and place to hear, discuss, or deliberate upon any item of business scheduled to be heard by the board,…

Links – Resources – References

 Brown Act Primer

CA State University – Free Speech Handbook  22 Pages

Beth Grimm Esq – Including visitor comments

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