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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Brown Act and 2016 Bond news
More litigation over possible Brown Act violations for Orange Unified School Board
The Orange Unified School Board Agenda for Thursday April 16th includes Closed Session Item 4 C on "Anticipated Litigation" concerning Brown Act violations. The agenda item follows item 4 B which is a discussion on "Existing Litigation" to the Brown Act- California Government Code 54957.
The 4 C item specifies two more cases of : "Possible initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision (d) (4) of Section 54956.9". That section is from the Brown Act- the
California statute that governs meetings of
local elected officials- all city and county
government agencies as well as local and county governmental boards.
The beginning of Section 54956.9 specifically states:
54956.9. (a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a legislative body of a local agency, based on advice of its legal counsel, from holding a closed session to confer with, or receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding pending litigation when
discussion in open session concerning those matters would prejudice
the position of the local agency in the litigation.
OUSD has had a history of Brown Act problems which at one point years ago had OUSD under a court order to tape record OUSD Closed Sessions for review by a judge for over a year.
OUSD 2016 Facilities Bond direction to be discussed
Action item 12 A has the Orange Unified Trustees discussing and voting to authorize Superintendent Michael Christiansen's Administration to identifying services and resources for planning a OUSD 2016 Facilities Bond. The four areas offered in a proposed timeline to be presented by the OUSD Staff include: Planning for a 2016 Bond election; Refining Measure K cost estimates for phase one construction; planning for possible special tax districts School Facility Improvement Districts; Financing planning.
The interim license agreement with Drotter LLC to operate Super Range Golf and
on the Peralta
site will be voted on. Recreation
Oakland Charter school files for OUSD Charter
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INSIDE the OUSD Agenda April 16, 2015: Information items
13 A: Information on Trustee Area Realignment
Realignment of Trustee areas seems to come around after particularly political periods in OUSD. The last time was after the failure to qualify a Recall of controversial former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco. The subsequent former OUSD Trustee Kimberlee Nichols proposal for a Trustee Area Realignment moved the boundaries so Rocco was forced to run in a different Trustee Area -not as in incumbent resulting in his loss.
13 B: OUSD Term Limit discussion
OUSD President, and long-time Trustee John Ortgea is exploring the idea of term-limits on the OUSD Board. Originally elected as part of the Citizen's Board in the 2001 OUSD Recall Election, John Ortgea has never faced a re-election opponent. Term limits were originally part of Dr. Alexia Deligianni's first campaign for Trustee. The longest serving Trustee is Rick Ledesma, who won his seat back as part of the Citizen's Board in 2001. Kathy Moffat first won her seat in 2001 with John Ortega.
13 C: El Rancho construction project update
Cost and legal ramifications will be discussed for the El Rancho Charter School project.
NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday April 16, 2015
Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
CLOSED SESSION- 5:00 pm
OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
: OUSD AGENDA AGENDA-CLICK ON
For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015
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