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Sleight of hand?

“Sleight of hand?”  Monterey Herald – July 24, 2023

I didn’t like everything our last governor did, but I was heartened when he “abolished” the redevelopment agencies.  In retrospect, though, it looks like political sleight of hand.  Those entities still meet, with exactly the same personnel, as “the successor agency.”  Often, they meet in closed sessions.  No doubt this is legal, but even if it follows the letter of the law, it seems to violate the spirit of the Brown Act.  And too often, the closed session is held before the public city council meeting, running overtime and causing the announced starting time of the council meeting not to be observed.

— Robert Hellam, Seaside