Brown Act

Another View: When it comes to rate increases, know how Prop 218 works

Taxes, assessments and fees may sound like the same thing to most of us who end up paying them, but separate legal definitions for each of them allows different ways of gaining pub ...

Reader Input: Newcastle fire board comes up short

Open letter to the Newcastle Fire Protection District board of directors: I was present when you took your oath of office wherein you promised to uphold the laws of the state. Ju ...

Secret raise ignites anger

The Eureka Union School Board admitted to inadvertently violating the Brown Act when it increased Superintendent Tim McCarty’s salary in 2008. During a board meeting Tuesday that ...

Square becomes town lightning rod

Searching for a new notebook while wondering if the Cash for Clunkers program was deemed so successful, then how soon before we see Wampum for Washers or Moola for Microwaves? … ...

Dinner violated more than ethics

Records show that a $1,668 dinner attended by three (Placer County) supervisors on Feb. 28, 2007 in Washington, D.C. was billed to Placer County. The July 1 Journal reported that ...

Our View: Recession requires openness, honesty from county leadership

Job cuts, salary reductions, and drops in service levels are now on the table as Placer County settles uncomfortably into recession mode. A typical reflex action by the wielders o ...

Our View: Rec board must heed Brown Act

With a new class of Auburn Recreation District directors sworn in Friday, it’s time for a refresher course on how to do business. This week, the Journal reported on an e-mail Di ...

Rec district directors flirt with violations

Auburn Recreation District directors have come dangerously close to violating state law by attempting to form a majority outside of meetings, according to Brown Act experts. Direc ...