Former Councilman: GV City Council broke Calif. open meeting law |

Former Councilman: GV City Council broke Calif. open meeting law

Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell said his office will investigate allegations that a Grass Valley City Council housing committee violated the state’s open meeting laws when it met behind closed doors to discuss the city’s residential building standards.

The decision follows allegations by former Grass Valley Councilman Steve Enos, who raised the issue during Tuesday night’s scheduled council meeting. That night the council voted 4-1 to ease building requirements on affordable housing, a decision it based on the committee recommendations.

Enos charged that first-term Councilwoman Yolanda Cookson participated in those committee discussions, even though her presence on that committee constituted a quorum of the City Council, since Council members Jan Arbuckle and Chauncey Poston were already on the committee. California’s open meeting laws – governed by what is known as the Ralph M. Brown Act – require committees to abide by the same rules that govern a full legislative body, once it includes enough for a quorum, or, in this case, three of the five elected council members.

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