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A Primer and Update on Open Meeting Laws and Public Records in California

Understand the ins and outs of Californiaís open meetings and open public records and how they can affect you.Are you a reporter, a public information and records manager, city manager, special district, county or municipal official, law enforcement official, attorney or school administrator? Are you uncertain about how the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act laws apply to you? Nearly 60 years ago, when enacting the open meeting laws for California local agencies, the Legislature stated, 'It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies, which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.' Find out what California law has to say about open meeting laws and in balancing the publicís right to information with an individualís right to privacy. If youíre involved with a local public agency, or if you represent the media, you need to know the ins and outs of California laws that govern public agencies.


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Open Meeting Laws for California Local Agencies

  • Overview, Purpose and Scope of the Ralph M. Brown Act
  • Notice and Agenda Requirements
  • Permissible Closed Sessions and Exceptions to Meeting Rules
  • Penalties and Remedies for Violating the Act

California's Public Records Act

  • Overview, Purpose and Scope of the Public Records
  • How to Respond to Records Request
  • Public Access vs. Privacy
  • Who Has Access to Public Records
  • What Types of Records Are Exempt From Disclosure
  • Recent Developments Regarding Text Messaging, Emails, Social Media
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Kristopher J. Kokotaylo

Kristopher J. Kokotaylo

Meyers Nave

  • Attorney with Meyers Nave
  • Serves as deputy city attorney for the City of Union and assistant city attorney of the City of San Leandro
  • Practice focuses on public law matters related to land use, real estate, construction, constitutional law, code enforcement, the Public Records Act, and the Brown Act
  • Frequent speaker and has written several publications
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; B.A. degree, summa cum laude, San Diego State University
  • Can be contacted at 510-808-2000 or [email protected]
Richard D. Pio Roda, Esq.

Richard D. Pio Roda, Esq.

Meyers Nave

  • Principal with Meyers Nave
  • Advises the firmís clients on matters relating to public contracting, procurement, construction, municipal governance, real estate, land use and conflicts of interest
  • City attorney for the city of San Leandro, general counsel for the Community Development Commission of Mendocino County and the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District, special counsel to the San Francisco Unified School District's Facilities Design and Construction Department
  • J.D. degree, University of San Francisco School of Law; B.S. degree in accounting, minor in international economics, cum laude, University of San Francisco
  • Can be contacted at 510-808-2020 or [email protected]
Benjamin T. Reyes II, Esq.

Benjamin T. Reyes II, Esq.

Meyers Nave

  • Principal of Meyers Nave and city attorney for Pinole and Union City, California
  • 20 years of experience as legal counsel to several public agencies
  • Chair of Public Contract Group
  • Represents California public agencies in municipal law, elections, construction and procurement issues
  • J.D. degree, University of San Francisco School of Law; B.A. degree, with honors, U.C. Berkeley
  • Can be contacted at 510-808-2000 or www.meyersnave.com
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Product ID: 398959
Published 2017
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