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American Valley CSD hosts Brown Act refresher

American Valley Community Services District (AVCSD) is hosting a no-cost session for elected and appointed board members to review their requirements under the Ralph M. Brown Act of 1953.

Scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the meeting will be held in the community room of the Quincy branch of the Plumas County Library.

Joshua Nelson, an attorney with Best, Best, and Krieger of Sacramento, will present information designed to inform elected officials of their responsibilities under the Brown Act.

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Known as California’s Open Meeting Law, the legislation ensures public access to decision making by boards operating on the public’s behalf.  The rules of how boards conduct their communications are generally understood, but sometimes, either by accident or intention, the rules are not followed.

In addition to posing a potential violation with legal consequences, deviations from Brown Act rules disenfranchise the general public, whether they are present and suspect it or not.  Public agency deliberations and decisions, with some exceptions for closed sessions, are required to be on an agenda posted publicly in advance of the meeting, which must be open to public observation and comment.

For training session like this one, more than a quorum of an elected board can be present without legal consequences.

For more information or to reserve attendance, contact Katie Nunn, AVCSD Board Secretary, at 283-0836. Seating is limited.

Information provided by American Valley Community Services District.

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