§ 54954.3. Opportunity for public to address legislative body; (a) Every agenda for regular meetings shall provide an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the legislative body on any item of interest to the public, before or during the legislative body’s consideration of the item, Carlson v Paradise Unified School District
Government Code 54950 …the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this 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 of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. 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
CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 425.16 (e) …, “act in furtherance of a person’s right of petition or free speech under the United States or California Constitution in connection with a public issue” includes: …(3) any written or oral statement or writing made in a place open to the public or a public forum in connection with an issue of public interest;
Under section 54952.2, as well as prior case law, a gathering need not be formally convened in order to be covered by the Act. The court held that a luncheon gathering… was a meeting within the meaning of the Act. …Construed in the light of the Brown Act’s objectives, the term ‘meeting’ extends to informal sessions or conferences of the board members designed for the discussion of public business. Brown Act Attorney General’s Explanation
How can one address the item (one in list: a single thing in a list of things) if it’s not spelled out, or until it is?
Brown Act is intended to ensure the public’s right to attend public agency meetings to facilitate public participation in all phases of local government decision-making, and to curb misuse of the democratic process by secret legislation of public bodies. Chaffee v. San Francisco Library Com’n
Even though the Brown Act does not apply to associations, it may provide useful guidelines for matters not specifically addressed by the Open Meeting Act. For example, may members of the board attend an informational seminar on an upcoming agenda item without violating the Open Meeting Act? The applicable portion of the Open Meeting Act is unclear: Davis Stirling
Los Angeles City Attorney Video on the Brown Act Open Meeting Laws
Ralph Brown Act Prepared by the CA Attorney General
Ralph Brown Act – Open Meetings – Attorney Generals Detailed Explanation
Actual Code on State’s Website – Government Code 54950-54963Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act Government Code sections 11120-11132 40 page summary pdf