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

100

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

100

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

100

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

100

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

100

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

200

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

200

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

200

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
What is the "rule of necessity?"

200

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

200

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
What is a motion for reconsideration?

300

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

300

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

300

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.
What is a due process violation or potential claim of bias?

300

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

300

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

400

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

400

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

400

"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."
What is the most prudent advice to give when asked about an FPPC conflict during or immediately before a meeting?

400

"I'll have to decline. Our firm has a policy against donating to campaigns for council candidates in cities where we provide legal services."
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?

400

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

500

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

500

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.
What is a felony conviction for a violation of Government Code ยง 1090?

500

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.
What is the revolving door rule?

500

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!"
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."

500

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