Legal expert calls CUSD worst violator of state open-meetings law seen in 25 years, calls for district attorney to file charges
Jul 27, 2006
Terry Francke, The Orange County Register "This seems to be one case for drawing a line in the sand. This is the worst example of a Brown Act violation in closed session I have ever seen in 25 years."
Francke reviewed staff notes on a CUSD closed-session meeting held July 30, 2005, during which 31 items of school business were discussed as part of the "superintendent's performance evaluation." Francke said, "I don't see any noted discussion on the superintendent's performance whatsoever." Francke is one of the state's foremost experts on open-meetings law. He is also general counsel for Californians Aware.
Jul 20, 2006
Terry Francke, The Orange County Register “It should disqualify him [Fleming] from further public office. Period. Public officials have a specific duty to truth, an obligation to act candidly and honestly.”
Terry Francke, chief lawyer for Californians Aware, a public watchdog group, said that Fleming should be held accountable for any lies told by his administrators with his blessings. Francke, an expert in the state’s public records law, commented that, although there is no penalty under California public records law for giving false information to the media, government officials like Fleming should be held accountable for their wrongful actions or omissions.