The Los Angeles County Supervisors’ Jan 10th Motion (See L.A. Times article) to limit public comment at their meetings brought a flood of protest from local and statewide groups.

SCOPE was among them, fearing its potential impact on the Brown Act, California’s sunshine law. Below please find links to SCOPE’s comments and related articles and programs.

Last October, about 20 residents of the Santa Clarita Valley made the two-hour drive to Downtown Los Angeles to speak before the Los Angeles Board County of Supervisors regarding the first phase of the Newhall Ranch project.  Though speakers are normally allotted three minutes to comment, when the agenda item was announced, Supervisor Michael Antonovich told the residents they would  have only one minute. That’s one minute to talk about the many different issues from endangered species, air pollution and water contamination and availability. Even with speakers limiting themselves to only one subject, a minute was too short to adequately cover a single issue.

For a more complete discussion of this issue see David Luteness’ OpEd published in The Signal, “Limiting Free Speech hurts public input” .

SCOPE letter regarding the motion.

SCOPE letter to the supervisors regardinggood governance through the inclusion of public participation.”

Hear the Warren Olney Show, “Do LA County Supervisors Want to Limit Public Engagement? on KCRW.

The related Los Angeles Times article here.

The related DailyNews article here.

The complete motion by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky can be found here.