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Workshop: Understanding the Brown Act

Please join Meyers Nave Municipal and Special District Law attorneys Denise BazzanoKristopher Kokotaylo, Richard Pio Roda and Jose Sanchez for a two-hour workshop hosted by the California Special Districts Association on “Understanding the Brown Act.” As is noted below, the workshop is offered on two different days at different locations.  The Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meetings law, provides legal requirements designed to help guarantee the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, as well as promote transparency by ensuring access to information involved in local government decision making. Although the principle of open meetings seems simple, application of the law to real-life situations can be complex. The Brown Act’s intricate guidelines provide important, yet often confusing rules and requirements.

This workshop will guide attendees through the ins and outs of the Brown Act, including:

  • What constitutes a meeting, including committees, advisory boards and serial meetings
  • Information on different types and manner of conducting meetings, including special meetings, emergency meetings and closed sessions
  • Exceptions to the general requirement to hold meetings in open forums
  • Agenda requirements, notice requirements and public participation at meetings
  • Potential penalties for violating the Brown Act

Workshop Registration:

  • November 1, 2017 – East Bay Municipal Utility District, 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA
    9:00-1:00 PM (lunch provided), click here to register on the CSDA website
    Presenters: Kris Kokotaylo and Rich Pio Roda
  • November 8, 2017 – Stockton East Water District, 6767 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA
    9:00-1:00 PM (lunch provided), click here to register on the CSDA website
    Presenters: Denise Bazzano and Jose Sanchez