SECTION II - AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC


INTRODUCTION

The Ralph M. Brown Act
was passed by the California Legislature in 1953 to assure that public business is conducted in open meetings and that those who might be interested in the operation of a Public Agency will be informed about pending actions which may affect them. This Act also protects the public from the abuse of power by its elected officials.

OBSERVATIONS

During Grand Jury initial interviews with members of the community, questions arose concerning certain actions of the Board of Trustees of the BUSD regarding possible violations of the Brown Act. Additional irregularities relating to this act also surfaced during the Grand Jury's review of the Board minutes from meetings dated July 1994 to December 1996. As a result of these findings which appeared to be Brown Act violations, the information was referred to the office of the District Attorney for its review and disposition.

Following an investigation by the District Attorney's Office, a letter dated December 2, 1996
10 was sent to the School Board outlining substantive and procedural violations of the Brown Act by the BUSD. Excerpts from that letter follow: