Friday, November 6, 2015

Janet West Calls out More "Brown Town" Brown Act Violations

Janet West of We the People Rising brought up some telling points about California's Brown Act, and how the Huntington Park City Council violated it.

I had read the statutes a number of times, but I had missed this very important element: the law and all public communications are for Citizens!

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that a vast and largely untapped reservoir of talent exists among the citizenry of the State of California, and that rich and varied segments of this great human resource are, all too frequently, not aware of the many opportunities which exist to participate in and serve on local regulatory and advisory boards, commissions, and committees.
(b) The Legislature further finds and declares that the general public of this state has traditionally been denied access to information regarding vacancies which occur on such boards, commissions, and committees, thereby denying most citizens and interest groups the opportunity to nominate for consideration by the respective appointive powers persons whose particular strengths, backgrounds, experience, perspective, and talents might contribute significantly to efficient and representative policy development and administration in local government.

Janet West of Long Beach

(c) The Legislature further finds and declares that the respective local appointive powers have been denied access to a talent resource hitherto untapped.
(d) The Legislature further finds and declares that all citizens of the state, regardless of their place of residence should have equal access to specific and current information about the many local regulating and advisory boards, commissions, and committees and equal opportunity to be informed of vacancies which shall occur thereon, so that they may pursue the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the operations of local government by serving on such boards, commissions, and committees.

(e) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature that this chapter shall apply to all cities and all counties throughout California, including charter cities and charter counties.

The Brown Act is for Citizens, not for illegal aliens.

Why is the city of Huntington Park going out of its way for illegal aliens? Why does it permit information in Spanish, and allow public participants to speak in Spanish, then? How many of the people who are addressing the city council are actualky citizens?

Then West exposed the language discrepancy in the Vacancy notice from the Huntington Park website:

"All City Commissions, shall consist of five (5) members, with the excpetion of the YOuth Commission, which shall consist of ten (10) youth. All members of each Commission shall be a resident  of the City of Huntington Park. . ."

The language must reflect state law, and that means it should say "citizen".'

Brown Town" HP can't even keep the Brown Act, and people wonder why the city has so much corruption and dysfunction?

Not even!

Contact the Huntington Park City Council and the Public Integrity Office of the District Attorney.

Tell them to demand enforcement of the state law in Huntington Park, so that every citizen of color can participate in Huntington Park civic life.

Los Angeles County District Attorney:

211 West Temple Street
Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 257-2475

This is the email for Sean Hassett, Asst Head Deputy:

Huntington Park City Councilmembers:

Jhonny Pineda
4326 E. 60th Street
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Phone Number: (323) 356-8967

Graciela Ortiz
6928 Mountain View Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Phone Number: (323) 356-8852

Karina Macias:
2411 E. Gage Ave, Apt. 10
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Phone Number: (323) 482-6640

Marilyn Sanabria:
3425 Live Oak Street
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Phone: (323) 356-9498

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