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NEW GLASSELL PARK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (GPNC) BOARD APPARENTLY VIOLATES CALIFORNIA STATE LAW

At the May 15th 2007 GPNC General Board meeting the Board, chaired by Bradley, repeatedly requested a community stakeholder to stop videotaping the public meeting. When debate of stakeholder videotaping of the meeting took place (see YouTube video clip) GPNC Chair Bradley informs the stakeholder that she has no legal right to videotape and that he has confirmed this with the City Attorney's office.

The GPNC Board meeting was a public meeting that is subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act. This state law governs the open meeting requirements for Neighborhood Councils, and the City Council, its committees, and city commissions.

Section 54953.5.(a) of the Brown Act specifically states that “Any person attending an open and public meeting of a legislative body of a local agency shall have the right to record the proceedings with an audio or video tape recorder or a still or motion picture camera in the absence of a reasonable finding by the legislative body of the local agency that the recording cannot continue without noise, illumination, or obstruction of view that constitutes, or would constitute, a persistent disruption of the proceedings.”

It is unclear why Bradley and other board members attempted to prevent the video taping which was clearly permitted by the Brown Act. It is also unclear why Bradley (who holds a leadership position on the Board) provided apparently false information about the legality of videotaping public “Brown Act” meetings. More information coming soon….

For more information about:

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council go to www.gparknc.com

L.A. Neighborhood Council System go to www.lacityneighborhoods.com

Our own neighborhood council (AVNC) go to www.atwatervillage.org  

YouTube Video Clip Url http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev7lrO5aURk