Brown Is Hardly the Most Transparent Color Let's Make a Deal The Fairest of All Council Says What? Move for Disorder

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Who is the assemblymember who authored the Brown Act
Ralph M. Brown

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What is Government Code section 1090?
The statute that makes it unlawful for a council member to contract with her own agency.

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What is the Political Reform Act?
The statutory body of law that the Fair Political Practices Commission administers and enforces

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What is "Just a reminder that the Brown Act requires we discuss only the agendized matters and this topic is straying too far afield?"
A city attorney might advise this when a Council member begins to discuss unrelated personnel matters while in closed session on a litigation matter

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What are Rosenberg's Rules?
An alternative to Robert's Rules of Order

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What is the amount of time to post the agenda before a regular public meeting?
72 Hours

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What is a lifetime ban on elected office?
This consequence for violating the rules against contracting with your own agency scares elected officials.

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What is the "rule of necessity?"
Councilmembers who use the same accountant draw straws before any action is taken on a project to lease City property to the accountant for his tax preparation business

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What is the Supreme Court?
Past KKK membership didn't stop Alabama's Hugo Black when he was appointed to this body in 1937

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What is a motion for reconsideration?
When a Council member who voted to approve the City Manager's new employment agreement changes his mind after the contract gets approved, he might try this

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What are types of litigation for which the Brown allows authorizes closed session discussions?
Existing litigation, anticipated initiation of litigation by the public agency or anticipated exposure to litigation against the local agency

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Who is Perry Mason?
This lawyer first appeared in Erle Stanley Gardner's "The Case of the Velvet Claws" & you bet he won that case

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What is a due process violation or potential claim of bias?
What we are trying to avoid when advising City Council members to refrain from talking to individuals about their land use entitlement application before it comes to the City Council for action.

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What a city attorney might say in response to a council member asking to him/her to keep a discussion from other councilmembers?
"Just a reminder that I cannot keep anything we discuss confidential from other council members."

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What is the maximum number of motions that may be on the floor simultaneously?
Up to three

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What should you always admonish your council to avoid doing to emails originally sent to the whole council?
"Reply All"

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What is request and receive a written opinion from the Fair Political Practices Commission before taking the action?
City officials can do this to avoid liability for a potential conflict of interest.

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What is the most prudent advice to give when asked about an FPPC conflict during or immediately before a meeting?
"The FPPC rules regarding conflicts are complicated and analysis of that question would take more time to analyze fully. If folks would like to continue this item, I can evaluate the question before the next meeting. Otherwise, to be safe, I would recommend you recuse yourself."

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What an attorney at CHW says in response to a campaign solicitation by a councilmember or candidate in cities to whom we provide legal services?
"I'll have to decline. Our firm has a policy against donating to campaigns for council candidates in cities where we provide legal services."

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What is a motion to table the item?
Council members might make this motion to avoid taking an action on a controversial matter.

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What is the number of words in the original version of the Brown Act enacted in 1953
686

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What is a felony conviction for a violation of Government Code ยง 1090?
When a public official who owns an office supply store abstains from the vote to approve a new contract to sell office supplies to his agency at a discount, this is a likely outcome.

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What is the revolving door rule?
Why you shouldn't see a former councilmember or City Manager representing a person who needs a land use entitlement from the City for at least a year after they leave office.

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What is "The client is the City and only the Council as a whole has the power to waive the privilege. No one single council member alone can do that."
A good response to a council member who says, "I'm the client and I can waive the privilege on this memo you wrote about why our general fund transfer is illegal. The public has a right to know!"

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What is the absence or loss of a quorum?
One reason why a City Council cannot take an action on an item which was properly described on their agenda.

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